Spinal Confusion

...an attempt to clarify confusing and innacurate information in science articles

Friday, January 06, 2006

A ‘Go’ for Stem Cell Research?

Bibek Karki, a student I am guessing, wrote about stem cells in the Universty of Maine's University Times. It's a genedral overview that (unintentionally) points out some of the glaring misunderstandings out there.

One of the grosser misunderstandings is this:

Recently, President Bush allowed federal funding for stem cell- research using the 60 existing stem lines in various research facilities.
In 2005, I am shocked to see that blatant inaccuracy published. Most religiously affiliated sites acknowledge that there are only 20-some lines available.

Yikes. ESC avocates, you have your work cut out for you.