Friday, March 21, 2008

Reluctant Star

With UW-Madison’s stem cell research making news around the globe, the man behind the breakthrough discoveries would just as soon stay out of the media’s glare.

Terry Devitt on James W. Thomson, "the world's most famous stem cell scientist", in On Wisconsin, Spring 2008
If you believe life begins at conception, even if sperm and egg were united in a dish and will never see a womb, using stem cells derived from days-old embryos, which are destroyed in the process, is akin to taking a human life. If you are a biologist, embryonic stem cells are a window to the untold story of early human development.

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