Following in the footsteps of California and New Jersey as well as other states, the Connecticut legislature may consider a bill allowing both adult and embryonic stem cell research. If it passes, the state's governor, Jodi Rell, says she will sign it.

In 2004, the state Senate passed a bill to allow stem cell research, but the bill was subsequently defeated by four votes in the House of Representatives. Sen. George Gunther, one of the bill's sponsors, says he hopes to see his bill passed this year with strong bipartisan support. "Prayer might help, but by God, I'd rather have that stem cell in there being able to produce the results we have seen," Gunther says. "I'm a Republican, and a damn good one. But I disagree 100% with the attitude the president has."

Gunther believes that legislators have had more time to study the issue, and there is stronger...

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