STEM CELL RESEARCH. PRESENTED BY ERIK FLORIN ROGER TANISAKI. History. Began in mid 1800’s Early 1900’s. ERNEST A. McCULLOCH. Four of Canada's top research scientist, (front) Dr. Ernest McCulloch, (left to right) Drs. Tony Pawson, Jim Till and Tak Mak. JAMES THOMSON.
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The political debate is whether to allow scientists to extract stem cells from surplus, unneeded, frozen embryos left over from in-vitro fertilization procedures in fertility clinics
Conservative Christian groups opposed Bush's decision because of the fine line between used descendents of already-extracted stem cells, and killing of new embryos.
Funding is needed to support research and testing in labs
Bush changes his mind in August 2001 allowing funding but only to old embryos
medical stem cell rebuilding can save lives cure people from certain disease and handicaps