People keep insisting that the government banned stem cell research from embryos. In reality, they won't fund programs that use them. However, private funding works well in this respect as seen in Madison.http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/jan06/382112.aspJames Thomson, the UW researcher who pioneered the field of human embryonic stem cell research, and a team of researchers at a privately funded lab at the WiCell Research Institute in Madison have created two new lines of stem cells grown entirely without the influence of animal proteins.The lines, named WA15 and WA16, were derived from donated frozen embryos. Reporting their work in the journal Nature Biotechnology, which appeared online Sunday, they were able to demonstrate that human embryonic stem cells could be derived and grown on cell cultures not contaminated by animal proteins.This is significant, they say, because it shows: 1) that stem cell lines can be grown successfully without animal contamination; and 2) the cells are completely animal-free.This latter point is especially exciting, researchers say, because it brings the application of stem cell transplants closer to reality than ever before. I particularly like this since I believe that private funds are more appropriate for such things than government funds.Keith
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