It just keeps getting harder and harder for stem cell research opponents to show their faces in polite company.
Stem cells grown from mouse embryos helped power a liver replacement device, Japanese and U.S. researchers reported on Sunday.
Their experiment suggests another use for the cells, controversial when taken from human embryos. They used the cells in a bioartificial liver, an implanted device that uses liver cells to replace some liver function.
Writing in the journal Nature Biotechnology, Ira Fox of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Naoya Kobayashi of Okayama University in Japan and others said their cells saved the lives of mice that otherwise would have died of liver failure.
And this was the cause Bush chose to exercise his one and only veto, preventing federal funding for the most effective forms of stem cell research. What a freakin’ loser.