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Stem cell breakthrough by UW shows why federal research should be broadened

The world now knows about Hwang Woo-suk, the South Korean researcher whose stem cell work may have been falsified. It was a confidence-shaking revelation for some who support human embryonic stem cell research, and a gleeful I-told-you-so opportunity for those who do not.

If theres a positive side to the alleged research abuses in South Korea, it is the con......

Full article >>> be used for therapy without fear of animal taint.

All of the concerns about contaminating proteins in existing stem cell lines can essentially be removed using this medium, said Tenneille Ludwig, the UW-Madison scientist who led the effort to develop the new culture media. This work helps us clear some of the major hurdles for using those cells therapeutically.

Much work remai......

Full article >>> additional genetic diversity to the mix.

Policymakers in the United States can sit back and wait for the Hwang Woo-suks of the research world to undertake research that challenges credibility, or they can empower credible researchers at home to do the work. The answer should be clear.

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