Chris Mooney On Stem Cell Politics

Chris Mooney's latest article (in PDF format here) is an overview of stem cell research and politics, including Proposition 71 and "scientific secession" in California. "This November, Californians will vote on a stem-cell ballot initiative that could trigger a far bigger influx of scientific talent while simultaneously providing the closest thing to a popular referendum on the Bush policy." It's a good read, especially if you want to catch up on how this whole situation came about, but falls into the same trap as most other political analysis at the moment - it focuses on the comparatively minor issue of Federal funding while ignoring the impact of threatened criminalization of therapeutic cloning and hostile legislation at the state level.



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