Reluctance of Egg Donors Stymies Stem-Cell Efforts
A slowdown on the road to more research
By Peter Dizikes. The Boston Globe, June 7, 2007
A year after Harvard University scientists began trying to create cloned human embryonic stem cells, they have been stymied by their failure to persuade a single woman to donate her eggs for the groundbreaking but controversial research.
The goal of the work is to create embryonic stem cells—all-purpose formative cells that can develop into virtually any cell in the body—that are genetically matched to a patient with a particular disease, such as diabetes. Studying such cells could give scientists new insights into the diseases and possibly lead to treatments.
“It’s an important experiment and we can’t do it,” Kevin Eggan, an assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard.
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