Stem Cells

President Bush decided in the summer of 2001 that federal funding could be used only on human stem cell lines already established. That is, only stem cells that researchers had already discovered could be used. Federal money would not support projects seeking to create more stem cell lines through cloning. Some researchers object to this decision, saying it limits the scope of research that can be done. Many citizens affected by diseases like Parkinsons, Alzheimers, and cancer also object to the decision, saying it severely limits possibilities for treatments or cures. Do you agree? Should some types of cloning be allowed? Where should the line be drawn? Should the Federal government make the decision?

Explore More: Genetic Engineering
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