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Japanese Help End American Culture War
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  • Corlyss

    I’m skeptical of Asian “advances” in cell therapy; there’s been too many instances of their lying and cooking their research books to produced sensational results that go *poof* under close scrutiny.

    • Kavanna

      True. However, it is also true that transforming placental and adult cells into stem cells has been confirmed many times around the world — it’s not new. So far, so good for therapeutic uses.

      But there’s still a justification for using fetal stem cells for research purposes, as long as abortion remains legal. Whether abortion should be legal is a different question. Science can inform the answer, but not decide the question.

      • Corlyss

        Absolutely. If the fetus is just going to be thrown away, it should be used for what good it can do.

  • free_agent

    It’s even better than that: You can make stem cells out of the patient’s cells, so there’s no transplantation-compatibility problem.

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