Stem Cells Sidestep Controversy Jesse Lenz

2013 Prediction: Stem Cells Sidestep Controversy

New techniques will circumvent ethical concerns, and maybe lead us to the medical holy grail.
By Clay Risen
Posted 01.03.2013 at 10:00 am

Science and technology have utterly transformed human life in the past few generations, and forecasts of the future used to be measured in decades. But big changes arrive faster and faster these days. So here we’ve shifted our forecast to the near-term, because we’re right on the verge of some extraordinary stuff. These are the trends and events to watch out for in 2013.

During 2012, two scientific teams announced, in separate studies, that they had transformed ordinary adult skin cells into neural cells, a breakthrough that could change the course of human stem cell research. Stem cells hold enormous potential for medicine because they can develop from undifferentiated cells into a variety of specialized ones. But their use has been stymied by ethical concerns; most are harvested from human embryos, which are destroyed in the process.

Read more: 2013 Prediction: Stem Cells Sidestep Controversy | Popular Science.

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