Life sciences lose in State of the Union

In his linkurl:State of the Union;http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/01/20080128-13.html address last night, President Bush asked Congress to double the funding of basic research in the physical sciences, but asked life scientists to keep their work "ethical," reiterating his stance on the need for legislation banning human cloning. To bolster his call to ban human cloning, the President cited recent research by Yamanaka and Thomson, who both reported last November that stem cell-lik

Andrea Gawrylewski
Jan 28, 2008
In his linkurl:State of the Union;http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/01/20080128-13.html address last night, President Bush asked Congress to double the funding of basic research in the physical sciences, but asked life scientists to keep their work "ethical," reiterating his stance on the need for legislation banning human cloning. To bolster his call to ban human cloning, the President cited recent research by Yamanaka and Thomson, who both reported last November that stem cell-like cells could be reprogrammed from adult skin cells (you can read about it linkurl:here).;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53873/ This work, he said, "has the potential to move us beyond the divisive debates of the past by extending the frontiers of medicine without the destruction of human life." The President continued by asking Congress to pass legislation that would ban the "buying, selling, patenting, or cloning of human life." But stem cell researchers hardly agree that work on embryonic cells is now obsolete. A statement from...

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