Via The Scientist, a reminder that those despicable vermin known as "politicians" are never happier than when using force to take away your freedoms. In this case, the freedom of research, a subset of the vital freedom to own and do as you wish with property - and the only way forward to better our health and longevity. "Australian stem cell researchers got some bad news today when newspapers reported that senior ministers in the national government are going to ignore the advice of an independent review that had recommended somatic cell nuclear transfer be permitted for research." This is a very important baseline technology for the future of regenerative medicine and embryonic stem cell research to develop cures for age-related diseases. If your property rights only exist at the convenience of flawed, venal people in positions of power, then you are, in truth, a slave.