BRITISH scientists have developed the world’s first stem cell therapy to cure the most common cause of blindness. Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years’ time.
The treatment involves replacing a layer of degenerated cells with new ones created from embryonic stem cells. It was pioneered by scientists and surgeons from the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London and Moorfields eye hospital.
via Blind to be cured with stem cells – Times Online (thanks, Nick!).
Bush advisor Jay Lefkowitz describes how the administration’s anti-stem cell policy came about:
A few days later, I brought into the Oval Office my copy of Brave New World, Aldous Huxley’s 1932 anti-utopian novel, and as I read passages aloud imagining a future in which humans would be bred in hatcheries, a chill came over the room.
It’s hilarious that they would take the instruction book for how they’ve run the country the last few years and use it as a cautionary tale. Although I guess it’s not very different to how they misuse the Bible to their advantage.