FROM Karen Kaplan
Scientists Decry Ruling Halting Embryonic Stem Cell Research The Obama White House says today that even George W. Bush’s limited guidelines for stem cell research might be overturned by yesterday’s judicial ruling in Washington. Judge Royce Lamberth ordered that all federal spending on research involving destruction of human embryos come to an immediate end. Karen Kaplan reports for the Los Angeles Times .
LA Diners Chew on Cloned Beef One survey shows 64% of Americans are uncomfortable about eating the meat of cloned animals, but the FDA says it's as safe as the original. Though diners may never find cloned beef on the menu at Los Angeles' upscale Campanile restaurant, executive chef Mark Peel recently conducted a double-blind experiment with selected guests. Invited to compare porterhouse steaks and hamburgers from a conventional animal and from a clone, the diners included a food critic, an animal geneticist, a TV host and Karen Kaplan, who writes about technology for the Los Angeles Times .
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