When it comes to matters of science, Republican US presidential hopeful John McCain is with his party on some issues, not quite on others. This week the Republican Party released linkurl:a draft of;http://www2.nationalreview.com/dest/2008/08/25/fulldraftaug25.pdf its 2008 platform, one that will be debated in the days leading up to the GOP convention in St Paul, Minnesota, starting Monday (September 1). Some of the party's points regarding science differ from the campaign points McCain has been running on for more than a year. While McCain and his party agree that federal dollars should be spent on supporting biomedical research, the rub is certainly linkurl:embryonic stem cell research.;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54544/ McCain openly supports work with embryonic stem cells, whereas the party platform calls for an expansion of stem cell research, with a focus on sources such as umbilical cord blood and linkurl:reprogrammed pluripotent;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54918/ (iPS) cells. Both oppose human cloning and the creation of human embryos for...

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