Posted by Lissa on August 28, 2008
I love stories like this! Whether liberal or conservative, here’s some great news we can all get behind:
Scientists have transformed one type of fully developed adult cell directly into another inside a living animal, a startling advance that could lead to cures for a variety of illnesses and sidestep the political and ethical quagmires associated with embryonic stem cell research.
Through a series of painstaking experiments involving mice, the Harvard biologists pinpointed three crucial molecular switches that, when flipped, completely convert a common cell in the pancreas into the more precious insulin-producing ones that diabetics need to survive.
Remember, O My Conservative Readers, that the average liberal who supports embryonic stem cell research wants to find ways to heal sick people; that’s the goal, not destroying embryos. And remember, O My Liberal Readers, that the average conservative who opposes embryonic stem cell research supports ADULT cell research; they want to make sick people better too, but they don’t agree with destroying embryos to do it. (The key word on both sides is “average”; I think everyone knows fruitcakes on both sides of the political spectrum.)
In an increasingly partisan political atmosphere, let’s not overlook the common ground. There are issues and stories, lots of them, that should make you happy no matter who you vote for in ’08.
(h/t The Corner)