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What role for the states in stem cell research?

What role for the states in stem cell research?

When scientists wanted to discuss the safety of recombinant DNA technologies in the mid-1970s, they convened the Asilomar Conference, where they agreed on guidelines that would minimize risk while allowing the research to blossom, said Stanford biochemist Paul Berg, Ph.D. The first researcher to combine DNA from two different species, Berg shared the 1980 Nobel Prize in chemistry.Berg doubts that a conference could resolve the current dispute about human embryonic stem cell research, because it centers not on science but on politics, ideology and moral beliefs. The Bush administration limits federal funding for research to a handful of...

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A molecular link between the brain and learning

“When axons send signals that are received by dendrites, learning is taking place,” said Mariale M....

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Using revolutionary technology to find “a rusty old ship”

After he discovered the wreck of Titanic in 1985, Robert D. Ballard, Ph.D., heard from his mother....

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A moral argument for fighting diseases of the poor

Rachel M. Cohen called for a new approach to drug research and development based on need, not...

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