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Stem cell research and politics

These two articles describe a new technique for creating pluripotent stem cells that does not require the destruction of embryos. Some scientists are unhappy that this news might affect the prospects of a stem cell funding bill on which the House is set to vote today.

Yesterday, the House defeated a measure that would have banned human reproductive cloning, but not cloning per se. The measure, rushed through without any hearings, seemed intended to provide pro-cloning forces some political cover in the debate today, and also
indirectly to authorize therapeutic cloning.

For more analysis, go here and here.

Discussions - 2 Comments

Point of clarification: I believe that even current stem cell research does not destroy embryos, but rather blastocysts. This is not just a sementic distinction.

What's the distinction between the two?

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