Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Stem cell politics
Interesting. The 2012 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, awarded to Gurdon and Yamanaka "for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent," evokes praise from left and right--and completely different interpretations of the politics involved. At National Review Online, a celebration of the breakthrough in the use of adult stem cells instead of embryonic ones. At the Huffington Post, a complaint that Republicans want to ban the cloning that this research involved. There isn't a contradiction that I see, just a focus on different aspects.