certain opponents of stem cell research point out that further advances have been made in adult stem cell therapy than embryonic or other forms.
"it's tricky because opponents of [embryonic] stem cell research like to point out that alternatives exist and the therapies are much further along," said reyolds. "that is something along the lines of what is called a red herring." adult stem cells are used in procedures such as bone marrow transplants which have been done since 1968
. the first stem cell line was created and patented in 1998 by james thompson, a professor at the university of wisconsin
. "all born humans have stem cells in them that are less ethically problematic but are also less powerful," said reyolds.