Tuesday – 10/5/10

Quote of the Week   —   Posted on October 4, 2010

“I think this is a stunning development.  People have been saying we have to use embryonic stem cells because we don’t have an alternative. Well, now we have an alternative.”
Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical and Dental Association on the news that a team of scientists led by Derrick J. Rossi of the Immune Disease Institute at Children’s Hospital Boston published a paper Thursday showing that they can quickly and efficiently transform skin cells into cells with all the properties of embryonic stem cells.
(Read the story here.)

NOTE: According to a reader of a Reuters report on this subject, “The initial discovery was made by a team of Israeli scientists working at the Weizmann Institute.  Earlier this year, they published a paper describing the results of their research in BBRC (Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications).  Here is a link to the abstract of their paper, as it appears on the website of the National Institute of Health (NIH)”:  ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20188704.