Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Diabetes cured by non-fetal tissue stem cells?

Read the article here. To quote: The researchers obtain donated pancreas tissue, which contains the cells that make insulin. They remove those cells and keep them alive in lab dishes.

Now, it's not clear to me whether or not this "donated pancreas tissue" is derived from fetuses (ie: aborted life) or from cadavers or from people who have had their pancreas removed for some medical reason. If it is one of the two latter cases, this is a huge boost to the pro-life bloc. Unfortunately, MSNBC isn't very clear on the entire matter so I'll have to do a Medline search to see if this work has been published (surely it has... you don't start treating people without putting it through peer-review). Anyways, stay tuned and as I find out more, I'll comment.

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