President Shrub decided to take the easy way out by compromising on stem cell research today. Not surprisingly this news drove down biotech stocks and for the past few months some researchers have left the US for the UK where the regulations are more lax.
The promised benefits of stem cell research are becoming plain daily and, to me, there is a simple way to bypass all the controversy: just figure out a way to revert adult stem cells to their fetal state. Once this is done, there’ll be no need to harvest fetal tissue and the abortion debate can boil along on it’s own.
In other, vaguely related, medical research, scientists are beginning to understand how to control phagocytes to attack cancers and prevent degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.