Romney has an opportunity to break with the more extreme elements of his party on an issue that has consistently shown to be important to the American people, and one that he supported for a time as governor: federal embryonic stem cell research.
The fetuses created by IVF will ideally become healthy people. But the IVF industry needs federal oversight to ensure that the children produced have the maximum chance of growing up to be healthy adults.
As a scientist working on stem cells, I like to use sports analogies when explaining my work to non-scientists. I have found this to be a very effective tool for communicating about this very high tech, jargon-filled area.
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) sponsored a poetry contest to promote Stem Cell Awareness Day last Wednesday, and the seemingly innocuous event kicked up a serious controversy.
I am deeply concerned that up-and-coming scientists might avoid entering this field because of fears their research could be arbitrarily terminated at any time by rulings like the one handed down by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth this summer.
Everyone wants cures for diseases and it is time to acknowledge that the tens of millions of living Americans suffering from chronic illness and disabling conditions are more important than cells in a petri dish.
The issuance of a temporary injunction barring the NIH from funding human embryonic stem cell research should hardly have come as a surprise. Many of the same plaintiffs and much of the same legal team filed a similar lawsuit a decade earlier.