Is new stem cell research super important, or kind of a big yawn?
It depends on who you ask
. Earlier this week, researchers announced that they'd successfully turned adult skin cells into embryonic stem cells. Headlines were made — including more than one that heralded this as the first step in human cloning. If you believe The New York Times
, The Los Angeles Times
, and Fox News, this research was a big deal. The Boston Globe
and The Washington Post
, however, had a different take. According to those sources, this is more of a technical advance (but not one that counts as a "breakthrough") and something that's unlikely to have any clinical relevance whatsoever.