Read the WHOLE story – it’s short – not the MSM story and the unquestioning “spin.”
What seems problematic to me is this: They reprogrammed skin cells into what? “Stem cells”? or EMBRYOS!!! They produced MICE, not just “cells.” They seem to be trying to cloak that reality, or hide it through misdirection, like the sleight-of-hand magician. A “stem cell” that produces a whole individual is more commonly called AN EMBRYO.
The only ethical stem cells would be those that can produce “tissues,” NOT PEOPLE!!! And not through disabling the embryos either, like that bizarre, morally-bankrupt Rick Santorum proposal from last year. They have to produce pluripotent stem cells that never had the ability to grow into/BE a person. What we seem to have here – though I could be corrected – is merely a NEW METHOD OF CLONING, nothing more, nothing less, nothing other.
Where they’d probably have to go ultimately is to be able to reprogram cells into, NOT pluripotent stem cells, but the specific type of tissue-stem-cell needed for the patient involved; ie, take skin cells or cheek cells or whatever, and turn them directly into whatever tissue the patient needs at that time – nerve stem cells, bone stem cells, muscle stem cells, etc. – without passing through a stage that could (have) or did result(ed) in producing a clone. ISTM this research suggests that may be doable, we’d just have to find the right genes to turn on, and limit the damage from the retroviruses, tissue cancers, accelerated tissue aging (Dolly, etc.), etc. And find them without creating clones by accident along the way… or if we do, letting them live.
There’s my positive, constructive challenge to the scientific community. OK?