So have scientists generated “genetically tailored stem cells” Or is this just more embryonic stem cell hype?
The latest embryonic stem cell (ESC) research “breakthrough” is the supposed creation of stem cell from a human egg. The Washington Post has a pretty good description of the experiment here so we’ll bypass further description.
The result would seem to be less than the touted “breakthrough,” however, as none of the blastocysts were usable — i.e., they carried 23 chromosomes from the stimulated egg, plus 46 chromosomes from an adult skin cell.
While the a researcher claimed…
This work for the first time demonstrates that the human egg has the ability to turn a specialized cell into a stem cell,
… another scientists remarked,
These are grotesquely abnormal cells, so they have no clinical applications. Even scientifically they are of questionable value.
As we have repeatedly pointed out, ESC research is rife with fraud and hype. Its prospects for success are so dismal, the taxpayer has become the investor of last resort. This is yet another chapter in that saga.