This is a fascinating development.
Research reported this week by three different groups shows that normal skin cells can be reprogrammed to an embryonic state in mice1, 2, 3. The race is now on to apply the surprisingly straightforward procedure to human cells.
If researchers succeed, it will make it relatively easy to produce cells that seem indistinguishable from embryonic stem cells, and that are genetically matched to individual patients.
If this holds true, would there be any reason to continue the socially-divisive funding of research on cells derived from human embryos? Would Eliot Spitzer abandon his project to spend billions of New York taxpayers' money on embryonic stem cell research? And if not, for what reason?