"Once again, experience shows that ethical science is good science." So says Michael Cook in a wonderful article on MercatorNet about this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine. Shinya Yamanaka discovered that adult skin cells can revert to stem cells, thus ending the need for human embryonic stem cells for medical research. He describes the breathtaking incident that inspired his work:
In an interview with the New York Times
in 2007, Yamanaka remembered one day years before when he paid a social
visit to a friend's IVF clinic. There, he peered through a microscope.
"When I saw the embryo, I suddenly realised there was such a small
difference between it and my daughters," said the father of two. "I
thought, we can’t keep destroying embryos for our research. There must
be another way."
It's a fascinating and inspiring article. Read it here.