Friday, December 16, 2005

Stay Tuned

There is news from South Korea that a paper documenting the cloning of embryonic stem cells could be retracted due to inaccuracies. Apparently, most or all of the stem cell lines created were fake. This is a pretty significant scientific set back for stem cell research. This experiment, if it were true, would have demonstrated the ability to create stem cells by injecting the nuclear DNA of one person into an egg cell whose nuclear DNA had been removed. This would potentially allow for stem cells to be created for a patient using their own DNA, eliminating the possibility of the patient's body rejecting the treatment. Stay tuned as the details of this story unfold.