(From BioMed Central). The strongly anti-research President's Council on Bioethics has issued its first report on stem cell research. As you probably know by now, most council members are affiliated with religious policy organisations and opposed to many fields of medical research. The chair, Leon Kass, has repeatedly declared himself opposed to allowing any form of healthy life extension medicine to be developed or practiced. There are no policy recommendations in the document, but there don't have to be - existing and threatened legislation is squashing stem cell research in the US already.