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Texans Fight to Keep All Forms of Stem Cell Research

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2009 | 6:46 PM

Just when President Obama is attempting to open the federal door on all forms of stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cells (hESC), Texas right wing fundamentalists are trying to close the state door, specifically on hESC.

The Texas Legislature meets every other year for exactly...

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Obama's Stem Cell Policy Should Be Enacted Through Legislation, Not by Executive Order

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2009 | 12:52 AM

Obama has made it perfectly clear that he supports relaxing federal restrictions on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research. He voted for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, which was vetoed by President Bush. The bill would have allowed federal funding to be used for research on stem...

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Open Letter to Members of the U.S. House Re: Stem Cell Bill

(4) Comments | Posted April 18, 2007 | 8:25 PM

Dear Members of Congress:

As you are aware, the U.S. Senate recently passed S. 30, euphemistically titled the "Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research Act", or "Hope Act" for short. This bill is co-sponsored by Senators Coleman and Isakson. The bill is now in the House Committee...

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Get Mad America, Your Cures are Being Crushed

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2007 | 2:18 PM


Senate Bill 5, The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act Of 2007, was just passed in the U.S. Senate. It has been praised by some stem cell advocates as a major advance to allow stem cell research to progress in this country...and it may be. What many of...

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Expanded Stem Cell Research in Danger

(15) Comments | Posted April 7, 2007 | 2:26 PM


This week the United States Senate will take up Senate Bill 5 (S.5), legislation to lift the arbitrary restrictions imposed by President Bush that have throttled research funding for human embryonic stem cells. S.5, referred to as the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, is the modified senate version...

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Open Letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2007 | 2:03 PM

Open Letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

Senate Bill 30 (S. 30), introduced on March the 29th 2007, by Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn. and co-sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), is a poison-pill bill which will kill all potential federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research utilizing...

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I've Been Hwanged

(9) Comments | Posted January 11, 2006 | 7:10 PM

The fallout from the recent meltdown of the Korean stem cell machine has proved bitter, indeed. The investigating panel at South Korea's Seoul National University (SNU) has just issued its final report: The reviewers demonstrated, conclusively, that the 11 patient-derived stem cell lines using the technique of SCNT (somatic cell...

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