Feeds

Senate to debate stem cell research

Politics before science?

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The eternally thorny issue of stem cell research comes before the US Senate today, in a debate that is as much about politics as science.

The US lawmakers will consider three bills on stem cells: one of which would overturn restrictions on research funding put in place by Bush in 2001, and would pave the way for federal funding for research using embryonic stem cells, using embryos created for IVF that would otherwise be destroyed.

Although the plans would outlaw embryo farming, President Bush has said he will veto this, if it passes, despite wide Republican support for the bill. It would be the first veto of his presidency, and neither the House nor the Senate is likely to have enough support for the bill to override a veto.

And this is where the political wrangling becomes almost more significant than the content of the bills, because polls show huge levels - 70 per cent - of public support for the proposals.

Senator Bill Frist, the Majority Leader, is expected to vote for all three bills. He is also widely expected to run for the top job in 2008, and is seen as needing an image overhaul if he is to appeal to moderate Republicans.

The debate is likely to run into Tuesday's session before a vote, but all three bills are expected to pass. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray
Want to arm that shark? Better get in there quick
Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins
Robo-sub scans freezing waters, rocks warming models
Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU
Doctors find new Digitillnesses - 'text neck' and 'telepressure'
SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS
Boffin: 'I think the behaviour is increasing in frequency'
Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs
And a floating carrier for recyclable rockets
The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS
Your brother's gonna die, kid, unless we can give him your, well ...
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers
Windmills, solar, tidal - all a 'false hope', say Stanford PhDs
Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k
3 days, and Kickstarter moves lander 37% nearer takeoff
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?