This is fascinating and informative. From the Culture of Life Foundation
STEM CELLS FOR DUMMIES
by E. Christian Brugger, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in Ethics What is a Stem Cell?
A stem cell is an undifferentiated cell (i.e., a cell that has not yet specialized into a particular cell type, e.g., liver cell, pancreatic cell, or cardiac cell) with two unique capacities: the first, for rapid and prolonged self-multiplication into daughter cells identical with itself; and the second, for development and differentiation into specific types of cells such as liver and cardiac cells.
This is the follow on article:
More on Embryonic Stem Cells (For the not-so-dummies)
by E. Christian Brugger, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in Ethics
Because of heightened interest in my last piece, Stem Cells for Dummies, I decided to pursue further questions pertaining to scientific interest in embryonic stem cells (ESCs).
It concludes with:
During his historic campaign, President Obama promised to get politics out of science, while upholding the highest ethical standards. Yet he has cancelled federal support for promising new research that science and ethics agree should be the future of pluripotent stem cell research; he’s made tax payer funds available for inferior and immoral old science whose track record in providing clinical solutions to human disease is appalling; and he has laid the foundation stone for the federally funding of clone-and-kill research. Pretty poor batting average.