Amniotic Stem Cells Could Alter Embryonic Stem Cell Research Debate
by Steven Ertelt (Pub. January 8, 2007)
Scientists have been able to successfully manipulate stem cells found in the amniotic fluid of a pregnant woman that have many properties of embryonic stem cells. The finding could alter the debate on the controversial research by giving scientists another source of cells that don’t involve the destruction of human life to obtain.
Researchers from Wake Forest University say the amniotic cells have the ability to grow into brain, muscle, fat, bone, and other tissues and could be used to treat a plethora of diseases and medical conditions.
The cells are shed into the fluid by the developing unborn child and can easily be retrieved during prenatal testing the scientists said….