Saturday, June 9, 2007

House joins Senate in approving Stem Cell Research Expansion

This is a good sign.  Although Bush is likely to veto this even though a majority of the US public does not agree with his position.

Everything that I have heard about regarding Stem Cell Research says that it is a long shot, but has so much potential benefit that, like SETI, is worth investing resources in studying.  Regardless of the benefits, the government should not be putting restrictions on what kind of basic research scientists can engage in. - The Official Richard Dawkins Website
The House gave final Congressional approval on Thursday to legislation aimed at easing restrictions on federal financing of embryonic stem cell research, but Democratic leaders in both chambers conceded they were short of the votes needed to override a veto threatened by President Bush.

On a vote of 247 to 176, the House overwhelmingly passed the bill, with more than three dozen Republicans joining a Democratic-led effort to authorize federal support for research using stem cells from spare embryos that fertility clinics would otherwise discard. The Senate approved the legislation in April.

"Science is a gift of God to all of us and science has taken us to a place that is biblical in its power to cure," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, arguing for the bill's passage. "And that is the embryonic stem cell research."

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