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The Promise and Politics of Stem Cell Research (Hardback)

Pam Solo, Gail Pressburg

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ISBN 10: 0275990389 / ISBN 13: 9780275990381
Edité par ABC-CLIO, United States, 2006
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Ever since President George W. Bush limited federal funding for stem cell research, the topic has been top of mind for many, including the organized patient population representing every major disease now afflicting approximately 100 million Americans. In May 2005, the president vowed to veto a compromise that 50 Republicans and 188 Democrats in the House of Representatives supported. The compromise, if matched by a Senate measure, would have repealed the 2001 limits on funding. Action at the federal level remains stalled, but states have stepped into the void to do what they can to support stem cell research. Only six states have reinforced the federal ban, and 60 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of independents, and 36 percent of Republicans support lessening or eliminating the federal restrictions on funding. As long as such restrictions remain in place, the issue promises to be one of the most divisive in any campaign season. How did scientific and medical research on something smaller than a period at the end of a sentence come to such prominence in American political life? Embryonic stem cells are a cluster of about 150 cells that form after the joining of an egg and a sperm. The stem cells at the center of the cluster have the potential to become specialized cells that could one day benefit millions of Americans. Few areas of public policy have such far-reaching implications. This fact alone accounts for the remarkable level of information and sophistication by the broad general public. Confounding the traditional polarized politics of the country previously dominated by anti-abortion and pro-choice politics, the politics of stem cell research may be redrawing the contours of public life. New political partnerships have been formed across party and ideological lines. Unusual and remarkable collaborations between scientists and patients have created a deeply informed constituency as advocates for the research. Rarely has a so-called cultural or value issue broken through the reflexive ideologies of left and right, conservative and liberal, as has the politics of stem cell research. N° de réf. du libraire FLT9780275990381

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Titre : The Promise and Politics of Stem Cell ...

Éditeur : ABC-CLIO, United States

Date d'édition : 2006

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Ever since President George W. Bush limited federal funding for stem cell research, the topic has been top of mind for many, including the organized patient population representing every major disease now afflicting approximately 100 million Americans. In May 2005, the president vowed to veto a compromise that 50 Republicans and 188 Democrats in the House of Representatives supported. The compromise, if matched by a Senate measure, would have repealed the 2001 limits on funding. Action at the federal level remains stalled, but states have stepped into the void to do what they can to support stem cell research. Only six states have reinforced the federal ban, and 60 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of independents, and 36 percent of Republicans support lessening or eliminating the federal restrictions on funding. As long as such restrictions remain in place, the issue promises to be one of the most divisive in any campaign season. How did scientific and medical research on something smaller than a period at the end of a sentence come to such prominence in American political life? Embryonic stem cells are a cluster of about 150 cells that form after the joining of an egg and a sperm. The stem cells at the center of the cluster have the potential to become specialized cells that could one day benefit millions of Americans. Few areas of public policy have such far-reaching implications. This fact alone accounts for the remarkable level of information and sophistication by the broad general public. Confounding the traditional polarized politics of the country previously dominated by anti-abortion and pro-choice politics, the politics of stem cell research may be redrawing the contours of public life. New political partnerships have been formed across party and ideological lines. Unusual and remarkable collaborations between scientists and patients have created a deeply informed constituency as advocates for the research. Rarely has a so-called cultural or value issue broken through the reflexive ideologies of left and right, conservative and liberal, as has the politics of stem cell research.

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How did scientific and medical research on something smaller than the period at the end of this sentence come to such prominence in American political life? Embryonic stem cells are a cluster of about 150 cells that form after the joining of an egg and a sperm. The stem cells at the center of the cluster have the potential to become specialized cells that could one day benefit an estimated 100 million Americans. Few areas of public policy have such far-reaching implications. Ever since President George W. Bush limited federal funding for stem cell research, the topic has been not far from the headlines. It reemerged in May 2005 when the president vowed to veto a compromise that 50 Republicans and 188 Democrats in the House of Representatives supported. The compromise, if matched by a similar Senate measure, would have repealed the 2001 limits on funding. Since 238 votes does not rise to the level of the two-thirds needed to override a veto, action at the national level remains stalled. However, states have stepped into the void. California has approved research, and Massachusetts reportedly has the veto-proof majorities to overcome the governor's opposition. New Jersey's governor is leading the way for a tri-state stem cell research initiative with Pennsylvania and Delaware. Wisconsin's governor plans to invest in public and private funding to spur stem cell research in the state. Even Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson is pushing the legislature to allow research. Only six states have reinforced the federal ban, and 60 per cent of Democrats, 60 per cent of independents, and 36 per cent of Republicans support lessening or eliminating the federal restrictions on funding. The issue promises to be one of the most divisive of the 2006 congressional election. In this book, the author explains the politics of the battle over whether or not the United States will take part in the most exciting and promising medical research of our time.

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