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From: Ross Olson [ross.olson{at}]
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 9:34 PM
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}
Subject: Stem Cells

Dr. Lerner at least mentions the existence of adult stem cells and hints at ethical issues with embryonic stem cells in his article "It's Worth Getting Some Insight Into The Science Of Stem Cells, 1/28/05. Yet after extolling the theoretical advantages of the embryonic variety and painting a bleak picture of adult cell prospects, he gives only one example of success -- a 2004 German use of adult stem cells to grow a new jaw bone replacing one removed for cancer. This is no accident because the successes have been with adult cells. There is one more reason for promoting embryonic cells: it further desensitizes the public to the moral issues of cloning and gives another justification for abortion.

Ross S. Olson MD
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Minneapolis MN 55417

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