This UPI article thoughtfully points out the probable consequences of bans and criminalization - or even continuing anti-research pressure of the sort put out by the US administration - on stem cell and therapeutic cloning technologies. Meanwhile, I am hopeful that we are seeing a shift in the dynamic of this political debate. It is all fairly obviously about abortion, no matter what the anti-research groups may actually claim. It is also clear that widespread support for the basic research leading to regenerative medicine is beginning to make inroads in the political landscape. Ordinary people like you and I can help this process by standing up and taking part. It doesn't take long to lend a hand to support medical research, and the end results will be well worth it!