Wednesday, March 03, 2004

stem cell update

100 bioethicists speak out against the sacking of May and Blackburn

17 new stem cell lines, albeit only for privately funded research.

After five minutes of long and arduous thought, I have come up with the solution to the stem cell controversy - make the federal funding voluntary. We already have a checkbox on our income tax forms to direct $1 of our taxes to the presidential campaign fund; have a second one for embryonic stem cell research. And, when this research yields cures for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes etc, reserve the 'tainted' cures for those persons who checked the box.

Update (why are we not surprised):
Washington Post article quoted in Amygdala:
Asked why Blackburn and May had been let go, White House spokeswoman Erin Healy said the two members' terms had expired in January, and they were on "holdover status." Asked whether, in fact, all the council members' terms had formally expired in January, she said they had.

Pressed on why Blackburn and May had been singled out for dismissal, she said: "We've decided to go ahead and appoint other individuals with different expertise and experience." She would not elaborate further.

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