Excerpt from Michael Hiltzik’s column in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times:

Skepticism about the potential of stem cell research was wholly absent from the campaign for Proposition 71. As a scientific undertaking, the stem cell program is unique in that its sponsors, the state’s voters, committed their money without receiving the slightest bit of professional scientific counsel….
California voters received, instead, a TV campaign promising cures tomorrow for a host of diseases, some of which may never respond to stem cell therapy. The professional cautions are only appearing now, after the money is committed. The shock of discovery that “tomorrow” may be 20 or 30 years away (or may never come) could be severe….

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