It seems that the dark clouds cast over stem cell research by the Bush administration are gradually edging over the horizon of – I apologise in advance – change. Forecast: clear skies with patchy rains of cash, which may intensify later in the decade.
Personally, I think the Bush administrations attitude towards stem cell research is perfectly described by non-traditional use of the phrase “cock-blocking.”
Halting potentially revolutionary research from proceeding was GW’s prerogative, but there’s a world of difference between “Jeebus told me it is wrong,” and “I have clear evidence that it is wrong.” I may, of course, be expecting too much of the poor guy; I get the distinct impression that his executive order restricting stem cell research was written in crayon on butchers paper. Possibly signed with a messy, red crayon “X.”
Word at the San Francisco Chronicle is that a sizeable (US$230m) amount of cash is about to be apportioned to various research labs by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. $230m is about a thousandth of what should be invested, but it’s a start.
I mean, it’s not like there’s been a massive sinkhole of money, lives and resources being, for all intents and purposes, thrown away since … oh… circa 2003 or anything.
Fossil fuels People need liberating, after all. Oh, and WMD’s and stuff. Yeah.