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Scientists Report Stem Cell Breakthrough

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 7, 2007 in Health
New source for stem cells found
In what promises to reopen the floodgates on stem cell research in the United States, scientists have reported that they have found a "plentiful source" of stem cells in the amniotic fluid (the fluid that surrounds the baby in the womb) of pregnant women. They have been able to produce a variety of different organ tissues from these cells.
"Researchers at Wake Forest University and Harvard University reported the stem cells they drew from amniotic fluid donated by pregnant women hold much the same promise as embryonic stem cells. They reported they were able to extract the stem cells without harm to mother or fetus and turn their discovery into several different tissue cell types, including brain, liver and bone."
I think this would most certainly stop the moral and ethical debate that is going on in the States over the use of embryonic stem cells and that is exciting news for the entire regenerative medicine area.
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