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right now all the opposition comes straight from Bush. Last fall Spector was promised a floor vote, and with support of Republican Strom Thurmond, it was thought that the NIH stem cell funding would be widely supported.

However, following the Bush victory, they backtracked and held off on a vote. Bush wants to block federal funding. Along with the cutoff of foreign family planning aid, and the promised review of RU-486, pulling the plug on embryonic stem cells are part of a package of payoffs to the religious right.

the thing that bothers me about it is that the objection is a religious one. most people in the scientific community do not have an ethical or moral problem with stem cell research. it seems to be a clear example of religion placing constraints on the activities of others.

take note. Hopkins got an anonymous $55M donation on Friday for stem cell research. When Bush does make his move, you can be sure that people like Christopher Reeve and Michael J Fox will be out in force. Still, a therapy that could benefit 100million americans should be able to get public funding.

Bush suggersts that stem cells from spontanous abortions could be used instead, but in such cases there are almost always widespread genetic maladies/chromosomal abnormalities present that make such tissue impossible to conduct research with. oops.

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