Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Life Links 6/6/07 (part 2)

A Chinese blogger discusses how he's sick of hearing advertisement for abortion on the radio in China.
You know, it gives you the creeps when some urging, exuberant voice jumps in, telling you where to go for good abortions. This is just so crazy! The horrifying sale pitch just sounds like telling people the killing can be safe, painless and efficient.

A commenter at BreakPoint's blog provides a comparison with regards to the partial-birth abortion ruling.
Yes, the battle isn't over. Yes, there's still major territory we have yet to assault. Yes, there are ways for abortionists to get around the lines drawn in this bill. But the fact that there are now lines they have to work around is a significant victory that people like Dobson (and their donors and supporters) have invested enormous amounts of time, energy, and money to win. Don't go tearing them down for celebrating it. Ripping into one another will only make it that much harder for us to get off the strip of beach we have taken and start taking some real territory.

Yuval Levin on how a new study published in Nature is again showing that adult cells in mice can be turned into cells which feature the same flexibility as embryonic stem cells.
The team states its startling conclusion in the usual mild-mannered scientific deadpan: "Our results show that the biological potency and epigenetic state of in-vitro-reprogrammed induced pluripotent cells are indistinguishable from those of embryonic stem cells." They assert with confidence that their findings "establish that somatic cells can be reprogrammed to a pluripotent state that is similar, if not identical, to that of normal embryonic stem cells." In other words a regular adult cell, like one of your skin cells, can be turned into the equivalent or near-equivalent of an embryonic stem cell, and without the need for any embryos. These are truly astonishing findings, unimaginable just a few years ago.

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