"We've been hearing that, since we now have iPS cells, we don't need to continue embryonic stem cell research
. There's a perception that iPS cells arc 'democratizing' the field because they are fairly straightforward to work with from a technical point of view."
Meanwhile, Oregon legislators are pushing through a bill requiring Oregon taxpayers to fund unsuccessful embryonic stem cell research
(House Bill 2598).
-- A majority of Americans likely support President Barack Obama's executive order Monday doing away with the rules on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research
that were in place under the Bush administration.
"We will lift the ban on federal funding for promising embryonic stem cell research
," Obama said to vigorous applause at a White House gathering.
Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research
also has the ability to bring some light to a recession-dimmed picture for R&D funding in 2009.
Pro-lifers worked diligently in opposition to the initiative and to bring the truth to the publicthat embryonic stem cell research
has not led to any treatments, that there are successful alternatives being used now, and that ambiguities in the amendment's wording actually remove all restric-tions to embryonic stem cell research
and could lead to human cloning.
Brazil's Supreme Court has ruled that scientists can conduct embryonic stem cell research
, which holds the promise of curing Parkinson's disease and diabetes, but raises ethical concerns about the limits on human life.
We were told that cures would be seen from embryonic stem cell research
for diseases such as Parkinson's and MS, and now from hybrids we are told that cancer and heart disease, along with the others previously mentioned, might be the way forward to finding cures.
Currently, embryonic stem cell research
is denied public funding by law but the Bush administration's position on umbilical cord blood stem cell research is less clear.
On the other hand George Bush and the USA have banned federal funding for such research and have supported ethical stem cell research using non human embryonic tissue, which is making embryonic stem cell research
The debates on both adult and embryonic stem cell research
were dominated by the opposition parties, primarily the Canadian Alliance, which later merged with the Progressive Conservatives to become the Conservative Party, without any significant response from the governing party.
Today, embryonic stem cell research
stands out as a critically important issue about which we have neither ethical consensus nor clear, comprehensive regulation.