Saturday, August 27, 2005

"Science Friday" on stem cells

Caught Science Friday on KUOW last night and heard Ira Flatow interview Mark Noble, a stem-cell researcher at the University of Rochester (NY), about the Harvard team's creation of a "fused" stem cell (see below). You can listen here for a good lay-language explanation of what the researchers actually did--and didn't--do.

One of the more interesting points of the debate was when a caller who opposes human embryonic stem-cell research called in to ask why only one side of the debate (the pro side) was represented; she hadn't caught the previous show with Leon Kass, head of the President's Council on Bioethics.

1 comment:

Karama said...

There was also a nice discussion on women's participation in science on NPR last Friday. It is important to consider not only what research is done and how it is done, but also who gets to do it.

Here's the link: and the related Science paper can be found on PubMed (PMID: 16109868).