Bush's second veto frustrates supporters of stem cell research
NIH Stem Cell Information Home Page [pdf]
NPR: Key Moments in the Stem-Cell Debate
NOVA: Stem Cells [Real Player, Quick Time]
Embryonic Stem Cell Research at UW-Madison [Quick Time]
Research that draws on embryonic stem cells has been the subject of a very passionate debate over the past several years. Some have claimed that using embryonic stem cells for research purposes involves the destruction of potential human life, and others maintain that the promise of using these cells for research could possibly lead to cures for diseases from Alzheimer's to Parkinson's. Since 2001, President George W. Bush has effectively limited funding for this type of stem cell research to those stem cell lines that were in existence as of August of that year. This Wednesday, President Bush once again vetoed another bill that would have eased the existing restraints on providing additional federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research. Bush commented, 'Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical. And it is not the only option before us." Bush continued on in his remarks to note that there had been several important discoveries made in this area which utilized adult stem cells, umbilical cord blood and amniotic fluid. This was only the third presidential veto exercised by President Bush during his time in office, and a number of politicians who are greatly upset by this decision (along with their constituents) are calling for a veto override.
The first link will take visitors to a news article from the BBC, which reports on President Bush's veto of the stem cell research bill, along with a number of helpful visual illustrations and links to several "Q&A" features on the subject of stem cell ethics. The second link will take visitors to an article from this Wednesday's Salt Lake Tribune that offers reactions from Utahans on this recent development. Moving along, the third link whisks users to the National Institute of Health's Stem Cell Information Site. Here, visitors can learn more about stem cells and about the existing federally funded stem cell lines. The fourth link will lead interested parties to a very nice overview of important moments in stem cell research history from 1981 to the present day, offered by National Public Radio. The fifth link leads to an excellent feature from NOVA's "Science Now" program on stem cells. Visitors to the site can view a fifteen-minute video program on stem cell research, take an interactive poll, and also learn more about the cloning process. Finally, the last link leads visitors to a site which provides information about the research being done with the embryonic stem cell lines at the University of Wisconsin.