May 1, 2009

Stem Cells in China

In view of recent biotech fraud, this should be taken with salt:
The U.S. is a bit late to the global stem cell research game. Japan’s Dr. Shinya Yamanaka demonstrated the ability to reprogram adult cells to behave as embryonic stem cells as early as 2007. But it is in China’s Guangdong Province that there have been almost miraculous strides in actually using stem cells to treat and cure diseases such as blindness, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injuries.
Regenerative medicine is the future. Asia will be at its center. More and more western scholars and doctors are coming to China to collaborate.
Nevertheless, it shows how the wind is blowing.

If I were the Chinese, I'd donate heavily to American creationists and Western environmental extremists.

I'd prefer America to lead humanity into the future, but progress is more important than who makes it.

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