The New Development: Induced Pluripotent Adult Cells

Two amazing developments occurred back to back in the month of November 2007 that history will remember as the beginning of the end of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.

While he cited pro-life pressure as a reason hESCR became too troublesome, Wilmut made his decision because the new reprogramming method reduce the need to continue with manipulation of embryos.

Process of Induced Stem Cell Research (iPSC)

In very simple terms, iPSC Research takes a stem cells, and through the introduction of gene therapy, reprograms the cell back to its “embryonic” or “pluripotent” state, meaning it has the ability to be tweaked to any cell of the body.

The process, as it stands now, is relatively inexpensive and can be reproduced by labs thorughout the country.

>>> Read more on iPSCR at the Bioethics Defense Fund.

Conclusion: Backing Cures, Banning Cloning

With the successes of adult stem cell research, the great potential of induced stem cell research, and the destructive and unsuccessful progress of embryonic stem cell research and human cloning, we conclude that we should promote legislation that promotes the research of ethical stem cell research and ban all research that is unethical.