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February 28, 2008

Stem-cell research

In response to two recent letters (2/18 and 2/23) slamming conservatives for standing in the way of embryonic stem-cell research, I suggest the writers do some reading of recent news before they write their letters saying conservatives are crippling science.

There have been many news articles, including one on the front page of The Star (Nov. 21, 2007), about a new successful breakthrough in reprogramming skin cells to match embryonic stem cells.

This is great news!

Embryos won’t have to be destroyed and the Missouri constitution didn’t need amending after all.

I understand that Michael Rudd and Emily Lauterbach have gone through some terrible times, but before you write the paper blaming conservatives, you may want to do your research.

Tony Hawkins
Kansas City



Well, Dan, the people who organize the letters page likely aren't the journalists who write the inaccurate stories. But if a letter-writer gets the truth out on adult stem cells, and on skin cells being coaxed to become induced pluripotent stem cells, then all the better.

Dan Beyer

Hello KC Star. Did you get that!

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