Monday, March 9, 2009

Stem Cells

Stem cell research seen boosting New York's economy

Newsday — Unfettered embryonic stem cell research may take years to cure diseases, but it could quickly boost New York's economy, with millions in federal funds for local research centers, elected officials and scientists said yesterday.
"It's not only a matter of what's right in terms of research and cures for cancers and diabetes. It's also a matter of what's smart in strengthening the economy with new jobs in science and research and medicine," said Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington).
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Animal-human clones don't work: study

Ottowa Citzen — Researchers who tried to use mouse, cow and rabbit eggs to make human clones said on Monday the effort failed to produce workable embryos but added that they showed human cloning should work in principle.
Mixing human and animal cells does not appear to program the egg properly, said Dr. Robert Lanza of Massachusetts-based Advanced Cell Technology.
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Republicans Rally Against Obama On Stem Cells

CBS News — Before signing an Executive Order this morning that lifted the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, President Obama said that a majority of Americans “have come to a consensus that we should pursue this research; that the potential it offers is great, and with proper guidelines and strict oversight the perils can be avoided.”
However, not included in that “consensus,” are conservatives and Republican lawmakers and organizations that have started an opposition rally cry.
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