This story is huge news for the world of stem cell research. Most headlines in the main stream have been devoted to research that destroys embryos, research that takes a 7 – 14 day old human, cuts it open, rips out its main cells (stem cells that later develop into a heart, lungs, etc.) and do experiments with them. Those who object to embryonic stem cell research on moral grounds have been labeled “anti-science.” Yet all this time, science has been on our side! Actual useful therapies have been developed using ethical stem cell research – where stem cells are taken from adults, without any harm to their health or life. The Nobel Prize committee has awarded the prize in medicine to two scientists who developed a process for turning adult stem cells into pluripotent cells that can then be turned into therapies for all kinds of diseases.
You can read more about this research here.