Playing the name game

July 2005
Nature;7/7/2005, Vol. 436 Issue 7047, p2
Academic Journal
Comments on the proposal to refrain from using the term embryo when referring to the blastocytes from which human embryonic stem cells are harvested, during the meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research in San Francisco, California. Involvement of the scientist in the rejection of the accusation that they are creating and destroying human lives; Decision of the society to formally adopt the term somatic cell nuclear transfer to describe the procedure in which an adult cell nucleus in transplanted into an egg to produce embryonic stem cells; Possibility of the researcher to isolate pluripotent stem cells from biological entities that do not have the same developmental potential as embryos.


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