Mitt Romney and stem cell research

In at least one of the sources I read about Romney's latest speech on stem cells, he was quoted as supporting the stem cell lines "approved" by President Bush in 2001. Romney stated that these lines did not come from embryos. Thus, presumably, they didn't violate his anti-abortion position.

Mr. Romney, you're wrong. The approved stem cell lines--the ones identified by Bush as being created before August 2001--ARE embryonic stem cell lines. They were derived from embryos "discarded" by families who did not want to use them for implantation and possible development into a human being.

Perhaps some of Romney's campaign staff should be reading this Genetizen blog. There's lots of accurate information on stem cells available here.

Marie Godfrey, PhD


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