Overturning vetos: Massachusetts did it

Legislators in Massachusetts overturned Gov. Mitt Romney's veto and approved a bill giving state health officials regulatory control over stem cell research.

This is one victory for stem cell research that I particularly relish. Mitt served as head of Utah's Olympic effort in 2002 -- as a resident of Utah, yet claimed to be a resident of Massachusetts when he entered the race for Governor of that state. Is this a precedent for another Republican who has threatened veto of a stem cell bill?

Meanwhile, Connecticut's House of Representatives gave final approval May 31 to a 10-year, $100 million stem cell funding plan; the state Senate had already approved the measure. Gov. M. Jodi Rell has said she would sign it into law.

Connecticut is where I grew up and began learning about the excitement of research in genetics. Another smile.

Marie Godfrey, PhD

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