Newsweek: Sept. 4, 2006 issue

It was heralded as a scientific milestone. Published in an advance online version of the scientific journal Nature, it was touted on the front pages of newspapers across the country. For the first time, scientists said last week, they had derived human embryonic stem cells using a technique that does not harm the embryo—a biological feat intended to assuage religious conservatives and break the impasse over federal funding of new embryonic-stem-cell research. "Up until now, embryonic-stem-cell research has been synonymous with embryo destruction," said Dr. Robert Lanza, the study's lead author and vice president of research and scientific development at the biotech firm Advanced Cell Technology (ACT). "I think this changes that paradigm."