I’m at a conference right now and unfortunately don’t have time to write extensively about this, but for those who were not aware, President Bush vetoed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (S. 5) on Wednesday. There are not enough votes in the House and Senate to override this veto, so it’s clear that our lack of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research will continue until we have a new President in the White House.
On Wednesday the President also announced an executive order to encourage research into alternatives to embryonic stem cell research. As I’ve written before, these various “ethically sound” stem cells are not by any means an acceptable alternative to true embryonic stem cells. Scientists need to continue spreading the word about this, and it is essential that we elect a President in 2008 who will fully support and fund embryonic stem cell research. This field does not need special treatment, but it does deserve to be funded objectively and adequately like any other biomedical science.