First I’ll renote that embryonic stems cells can’t be controlled and are well-known to cause tumors. Latest case in point, from the Associated Press February 17:
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A family desperate to save a child from a lethal brain disease sought highly experimental injections of fetal stem cells – injections that triggered tumors in the boy’s brain and spinal cord, Israeli scientists reported….

Now on to a hopelessly biased Washington Post article yesterday that strongly implied escr hangs in the balance pending Barack Obama’s blessing. Not true. Researchers have always been free to dissect away with private funds.
Then there’s this little bombshell:

“If I were a smart scientist, I would be writing a grant right now,” said [Story] Landis [who heads the National Institutes of Health stem cell task force], noting that some of the $10 billion the NIH will receive as part of the stimulus package could be used to expand stem cell research.

And another indicates there is a move afoot to allow experimentation on embryos created solely for that, not just the oft-mentioned “leftover embryos that will die anyway.”

Among the issues the guidelines will address is whether funding should be limited to cells from leftover embryos that are destined for destruction at infertility clinics.
“We are assuming that what we will be asked to do is develop guidelines for stem cell lines derived from embryos produced for reproductive purposes in excess of need,” Landis said.

The article also indicated the pro-death-controlled Congress may make a move to stop a future president from banning taxpayer funding of escr.

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