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November 30, 2010

Scientists get cells to switch types/tasks directly, thus avoiding the whole
inefficient/costly/not very fruitful embryonic stem cell nonsense/rabbit hole.

As Joe Biden would say, this is a "big effing deal".

Scientists are reporting early success at transforming one kind of specialized cell into another, a feat of biological alchemy that doctors may someday perform inside a patientís body to restore health...

...Thatís a futuristic idea, but researchers are enthusiastic about the potential for the new direct-conversion approach.

I've always been fairly confident actual science would eventually render all the political/moral/religious theater surrounding the embryonic stem cell kerfluffle obsolete.

When you can work directly with an afflicted individual's cells and DNA to get a result, all the political drama on both sides is reduced to arguments about as abstract/meaningless to Joe SixPack as those positing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.


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