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Click to view the PDF file: Important Events in Stem Cell Research Graphic: Leza Berardone As the Bush administration stood on the verge this month of announcing a decision on whether the federal government will fund embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, the scientists involved braced themselves for the worst and continued planning for ways to move ahead. An issue that is politically, ethically, and religiously loaded, this tempest, like the issues of RU-486 and abortion before it, has galvani

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Graphic: Leza Berardone


As the Bush administration stood on the verge this month of announcing a decision on whether the federal government will fund embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, the scientists involved braced themselves for the worst and continued planning for ways to move ahead. An issue that is politically, ethically, and religiously loaded, this tempest, like the issues of RU-486 and abortion before it, has galvanized special interest groups with furious intensity. But unlike the so-called morning-after pill or the legalization of abortion, a thumb's down decision could leave research in a state of flux, with scientists seeking more private funding, either here or abroad, or turning to other types of stem cell research (see "Cultivating Policy from Cell Types"). Conservative policymakers welcome this alternate line of investigation. They continue to point out that recent advances...

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