Stem Cell Research Is Hot Issue in Presidential Campaign

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Britain today gave scientists the go-ahead to therapeutically clone human embryos and get stem cell research going full speed into the treatment of Diabetes, Parkinson-s, Alzheimer-s and a host of other dreadful diseases. That action comes as the White House has been denying John Kerry-s charge that President Bush has delayed medical progress for political reasons. Are the embryos, artificially manufactured for research into the treatment of humanity-s worst ailments, human life or aren-t they? We hear how scientific, ethical and religious uncertainty makes for a hot political issue, and about the impact it could have on undecided voters, as Warren Olney speaks with biologists, bioethicists, and policy advisors to both Senator Kerry and President Bush.
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Human Rights Watch report, "Darfur: Atrocities Disprove Khartoum-s Claims"

UN envoy for Sudan attends conference on native administration of Darfur

UK's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) grants first cloning license

President Bush on stem cell research

Kerry, Edwards on stem cell research

Dickey Amendment (HR 222, 1996)

Reuters article on Chalabi's return to Baghdad to face charges



Warren Olney