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  •  the donor egg cells had their nuclei (2+ / 0-)
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    removed and replaced with the skin cells dna, thereby creating stem cells with the exact genetic structure of the donor skin cells.

    so theoretically, your skin cells could be used to create the stem cells with a donor egg.

    any woman would gladly donate some of her eggs to herself for these purposes.

    i don't feel like arguing with those who want to doubt the significance of this right now.

    •  perhaps you don't know enough about the state (1+ / 0-)
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      of stem cell science to know why this isn't quite as big a deal as you think it is -- at least, it isn't quite as big a deal if the paper's authors aren't downplaying what they're doing

      this is one more way of creating "induced pluripotent stem cells". it has advantages over the other ways, and it has disadvantages. it certainly is going to provoke the antiabortion crowd, who are going to be very, very nervous about the apparent embryo that's being created. this is very, very, very nearly human cloning. if the authors are in fact disguising just how close it is to actually being human cloning, then this is, uh, well ... let's just say that the implications are broad. either way, though, it isn't going to suddenly unlock all the mysteries of the molecular biological universe.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:00:38 PM PDT

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    •  I doubt that "any woman" would gladly (0+ / 0-)

      do this - for enough $$s some would for sure.

      For example, the market value for eggs currently runs into the tens of thousands of dollars . .. .  so the "donate" part seems far-fetched (at least in the sense that "donate" implies giving away for no money).

      Plus, I suspect that even for $$s, a lot of woman would hesitate - it is a rather invasive process!  Now, if the equivalent potential was available for sperm, I would probably agree that most men would gladly donate some of their sperm . ..

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