Monday, May 30, 2005


Stem Cell Research: Bush on the Losing Side

David Ewing Duncan, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, says that a new method for cloning human embryos developed in South Korea and a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to lift restrictions on using federal funds for stem cell research imposed by Bush in 2001 mean that "there is nothing anyone can do to stop their progress. To insist otherwise is like trying to unsplit the atom, or to insist that the world is flat, although this does not seem to be stopping the White House and conservatives from trying."

"The question now is: who will do this research -- Americans or others? And will the research be done in a country where research is subject to regulation for safety and transparency such as the United States and South Korea, or in societies where such safeguards are not part of the system?"


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