When Hina Chaudhry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine heard that women in the last few months of pregnancy have the highest rate of recovery from heart failure, she wondered whether it might be the fetal cardiomyocytes that are doing the repair. Chaudhry has confirmed her suspicions.
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.
Both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney supported embryonic stem cell research in the past. Both men, attempting to gain political advancement, have flip-flopped on the issue. But there is an important difference between the two men.
Komen is hopefully returning to its former productive relationship with Planned Parenthood. But it must also remove any ideological prejudice against stem cell research, and get back in touch with mainstream American science.
I do not believe even the most hardened conservative goes to bed at night being glad he or she stopped chronic disease from being cured. But if they surrender to an anti-science ideology, it will have exactly the same effect.