Science is slow and methodical, so it’s too soon to tell if the following is truly a sustainable, viable way to stem cell success. However, from the reports, this certains looks like scientists are having some breakthroughs when it comes to recovering stem cells from placentas.

From Reuters comes good news on stem cell alternatives:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists looking for easier and less-controversial alternatives to stem cells from human embryos said on Friday they found a potential source in placentas saved during childbirth.

They described primitive cells found in a part of the placenta called the amnion, which they coaxed into forming a variety of cell types and which look very similar to sought-after embryonic stem cells.

With 4 million children born in the United States each year, placentas could provide a ready source of the cells, the team at the University of Pittsburgh said.

(Hat Tip: Instapundit)

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