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Q: Should Christians support stem cell research?
A: If you quickly answer no, perhaps it’s because you assume there is only one source of stem cells—human embryos. News media often fail to report an alternative source of stem cells—adults.
Scientists are very interested in this research because stem cells can be changed into nerve, heart, bone, and many other kinds of human tissue, and possibly used to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even spinal cord injuries.
Stem cells taken from adults have been used for decades. Until recently, however, they were harder to grow and less versatile than embryonic stem cells.
Recent breakthroughs allow researchers to obtain adult stem cells easily from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, wisdom teeth, and even fat tissue. Also, they can now “induce” adult skin, bone, and sperm cells to become stem cells.
Continue reading about the advantages of adult stem cells on our website.
News to Note Quick Look
One blood: “One blood.” That’s what the Apostle Paul preached in his landmark message in Athens 2,000 years ago. Sadly, as this week’s news suggests, even some Christians can get mixed up in their thinking about this. Read more.
Dinosaur cuisine?: Lark Quarry in Queensland is home to the only known fossil record of a dinosaur stampede. There, preserved in mid-Cretaceous rock, are about 3,300 individual tracks representing about 150 dinosaurs of varying sizes and kinds. Read more.
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