Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Implants spawn mice with human brain cells

Implants spawn mice with human brain cells
By injecting human embryonic stem cells into the brains of fetal mice inside the womb, scientists in California have created living mice with working human brain cells inside their skulls.

The research offers the first proof that human embryonic stem cells — vaunted for their potential to turn into every kind of human cell, at least in laboratory dishes — can become functional human brain cells inside a living animal, reaching out to make connections with surrounding brain cells.

These embryonic stem cell techniques are going to work one day and make a big impact. It's really exciting.

It's inevitable that the conservatives are going to have to start supporting this research. It'd be nice if they'd give in sooner rather than later. Imagine what could be going on in laboratories if resources and support were readily available.

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