The linkurl:California stem cell policy and advocacy juggernaut; was in full steam this weekend at Stanford University. The two-day linkurl:Stem Cell Policy and Advocacy Summit II: Empowering the Pro-Cures Coalition; offered a banquet of the usual servings, including scientific updates, discussions of linkurl:ethics; and legal issues, and how-to primers on grassroots advocacy. There was some different fare, however:-- A variety of nationwide polls (e.g., linkurl:Center for the Advancement of Medical Research; and linkurl:The Genetics and Public Policy Institute; reported that the public supports somatic cell nuclear transfer by approximately 65-70%. That should be good news, but instead Governor Jim Doyle (Wis.) and others said this is evidence of the focus, organization and powerful voice of the 25% opposing it, and should be a rallying cry for supporters. Proposals to counter this force included opening up laboratories for visitation by the public on a monthly or quarterly basis to educate the...

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