Monday, January 08, 2007

Life Links 1/8/07

A long article in Newsweek on the potential of stem cell from amniotic fluid and how these cells (which have shown to be possibly pluripotent ability, have long life spans and don't cause tumors) could end the ethical debate over embryonic stem cells. Here's the abstract of the study from Nature Biotechnology.

The New York Times has issued a correction for Jack Hitt's story about abortion in El Salvador.

There don't seem to be a lot of news sources at this point picking up on a recent systematic review of emergency contraception studies which shows how increased use of emergency contraception doesn't lead to a reduction in unplanned pregnancies or abortion.

Maybe someone should let Planned Parenthood know. Their web site claims "EC was responsible for approximately 43 percent of the decrease in the number of abortions from 1994 to 2000."

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