Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Stem Cells

Kevin Drum notices that:
The World Stem Cell Foundation, to be unveiled today in Seoul, intends to produce about 100 new cell lines each year and make them available to scientists, particularly those in the U.S. who have been stymied in their research by federal funding restrictions.

...."I think U.S. scientists will be lining up to request them," said Dr. George Q. Daley, a professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School.
The thing about a war on science or a war on expertise is that science and expertise will win out in the end. At the same time, New Jersey is creating a statewide bank of placental and umbilical stem cells.

These stem cells have not been shown to be as effective as embryonic stem cells, and the pointless limitations on the number of cell lines is just shifting cutting edge science overseas.

At a time when the country is trying to find a way to grow the economy that won't just get outsourced when it succeeds, the restrictions on scientific research are an anchor on our future and our children's future.

Good luck to South Korea.