Monday, September 19, 2005

Stem Cell Breakthroughs

There have been some extremely promising results with stem cell research in lab animals with spinal injuries. Science fact is quickly catching up with science fiction, and society will need to make some ethical choices very quickly. The excellent results are coming from embryonic and fetal stem cells, rather than the adult stem cells that conservative talk radio hosts vaunt.

In the 2004 election, John Edwards was ridiculed for his seeming hyperbole that a vote for Kerry-Edwards was a vote to let Christopher Reeve walk again. Maybe that doesn't seem so much like hyperbole anymore.

But it is interesting to note that all of this research has been going on within the funding restrictions imposed by the Bush administration. So it was hyperbole to suggest that a vote for Bush was a vote to keep Reeve in the wheelchair.



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