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Scientists Discuss Local Progress on Stem Cell Research


Nearly five years ago, California voters decided to provide $3 billion for human embryonic stem cell research. Despite continued debate over using human embryos, the progress and promise of stem cell research to treat disease marches forward.

Maureen Cavanaugh: As the saying goes, President Obama, "with a stroke of his pen," ushered in a new era in stem cell research. In March, the president lifted restrictions against the use of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. That one act removed a huge barrier to what is a very promising area of medical science. Researchers have been telling us for several years now that stem cells may provide therapies and even cures for a variety of terrible illnesses including Parkinsons and Alzheimer's disease.

In this installment of our monthly series on Science and Ethics, we'll get an update on stem cell research - and hear about both the old and new ethical questions about that research.


Michael Kalichman, neuroscientist at UCSD, and co-director of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.

Catriona Jamieson, professor of medicine at UCSD and director of the Stem Cell Research Program at Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

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