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New Studies End Debate on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins praised the research of Dr. James Thomson and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka. Thomson, the first to grow human embryonic stem cells, and Yamanaka from Japan, published results in the journals Science and Cell, respectively, showing that embryonic-type stem cells can be produced directly from ordinary human skin cells, without first creating or destroying human embryos

"Today's announcement is an historic achievement, and just as important this breakthrough was accomplished without the destruction or cloning of human life. This demonstrates what pro-lifers have been saying since the beginning," Mr. Perkins said. "It is never necessary to compromise ethics by destroying life in order to achieve scientific aims."

"Dr. Thomson and Dr. Yamanaka have been able to expand drastically scientific frontiers while protecting human life. Scientists around the world can now produce and work with embryonic-type stem cells without concern for crossing ethical lines involving the destruction of human life."

"These two scientists are to be congratulated for their work, and I applaud President Bush for holding the ethical line on stem cell research and for encouraging this type of groundbreaking science.

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