November 16, 2012 — The awarding of this year's Nobel Prize in medicine to John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for their pioneer adult stem-cell research has been held as both beautiful and ethical. This prestigious award should encourage institutions to switch funding from embryonic stem-cell research to adult stem-cell research which is more effective and without moral controversy.
The awarding of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine to these two pioneers represents an important milestone in recognizing the superior potential of adult stem-cell research over the unethical, destructive experimentation on human embryonic stem-cells.
In the past years, the attempts to clone human embryos and the bizarre experiments to create mixed human/non-human embryos have delivered nothing. In contrast, the transformation of adult stem-cells is making great progress. This is indeed science at its best: both beautiful and ethical.