Embryonic stem cells and pre-eclampsia research

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Re : Embryonic stem cells and pre-eclampsia research

Post by ozierja » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:36 am

This ruling has a lot of major implications for research in general that I think will hopefully be re-examined soon.

Embryonic stem cells and pre-eclampsia research

Post by angieb » Wed Sep 01, 2010 02:57 am

The basic idea of the article is that scientists have been using embryonic stem cells for pre-eclampsia-related research, and a recent court ruling will threaten their funding and thus their ability to continue their research. I just found it interesting that pre-eclampsia was specifically mentioned and it was the only thing mentioned initially. (I copied the part of the article that mentions it below.)

It doesn't really address specifically what about pre-eclampsia, etc. that they were researching, but I'll keep an eye on this and if anyone knows more (besides the stem cell research debate), I'd love to hear about it.

In a refrigerator-sized incubator in a small lab on the second floor of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia, researchers are growing tiny colonies of embryonic stem cells.

Every day, a small squad of scientists nurtures and feeds those controversial cells, searching for clues about pre-eclampsia, a disease that causes hypertension in pregnant women.

Until last week, the research was supported by tax dollars. But a federal judge's ruling has cast doubt on the future of such research, in Columbia and in labs across the nation.