Maryland Considers Public Stem Cell Research

This short piece presents another example of the continuing ripple effects caused by the passage of Proposition 71 in California. "Fearful the state will lose its edge in biotechnology research, two Democratic lawmakers will sponsor legislation next year to foster human embryonic stem cell research in Maryland. The bills ... would create a legal framework for conducting stem cell research. It would also provide state funds to underwrite research in a field that has inflamed passions in medical, scientific and religious communities." As Chris Mooney says, "In my view, thanks to what has happened in California, the debate in Washington hardly even matters any more."



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