Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Life Links 10/24/07

Britain continues to debate their abortion policy and BBC News has the abortion stories of two women, one who believes her abortion was the right choice and another who regrets her abortion.

Stem cells from a horse's own fat have helped revive his career. Greg's Gold is one of the top contenders in the Breeder's Cup after spending the last 18-months recovering from a stem cell procedure.

Surgeons in India are using stem cells to grow corneas for patients with damaged eyes.
Eye surgeon Virendar Sangwan has perfected a procedure so cutting-edge that most who have tried it have failed. In an operating theater in the central Indian city of Hyderabad, he surgically implants corneas grown in a petri dish from stem cells by his colleague Geeta Vemuganti in patients with damaged eyes. Together they perform about 80 corneal regeneration procedures a year, making the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute where they work one of the most prolific facilities in the world using stem cells to regenerate tissue of any kind.

Marie Tasy, the executive director of New Jersey Right to Life has an editorial on the upcoming embryonic stem cell bond measure in her state.

MIT News has an article about a study which shows "that pluripotency, the ability of stem cells to change into any kind of cell, is regulated differently in adult and embryonic stem cells."

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