Scientist scolded for supporting Santorum

Jaenisch insists his help on the conservative senator's stem cell bill does not discourage embryonic stem cell work

Ted Agres
Jun 20, 2006
Several noted scientists in the field of human embryonic stem cells (hESC), including Rudolf Jaenisch, ventured to Capitol Hill last week (June 15) to lend support to a compromise Senate bill co-authored by conservative senator Rick Santorum (R-Penn.), designed to break the political logjam blocking additional Federal hESC research funding. Their appearance, however, is being criticized as potentially jeopardizing other legislation (HR 810, S 471) that would expand Federal funding to newly derived hESC cell lines in addition to the 22 currently eligible cell lines. "Dr. Jaenisch is a leading scientist, and with him standing next to Sen. Santorum, there's a risk that some senators might have the mistaken impression that [his bill] is a total substitute for the bill that would lift funding restrictions," Bernard Siegel, executive director of the Genetics Policy Institute, told The Scientist. Santorum's alternative research bill (S 2754),...

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