Stem Cells: The Facts, Not the Debate

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When science and politics collide, the truth becomes hostage in a hurry to all kinds of shenanigans. Last week, as snowflake babies swirled and President Bush prepared to veto expanded federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, the president's top political adviser, Karl Rove, sat down with the Denver Post to give a pseudo-science lesson.

Researchers, claimed Rove, have found "far more promise from adult stem cells than from embryonic stem cells." Wrong, said a chorus of scientists in reply.

Hear a philosophical debate on the facts of stem cell research and where it really stands.

Hear about just the facts on stem cells and the cures they may hold.


Brian Walsh, Hong Kong-based staff writer for Time Magazine

Dr. Arnold Kriegstein, Neural Stem Cell researcher and Director of University of California-San Francisco's Institute for Regeneration Medicine

Dr. Amy Wagers, A Principal Investigator in stem cell research at the Joslin Diabetes Center & Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School

Garreth Cook, Science Writer at the Boston Globe and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his coverage of stem cell research.

This program aired on July 27, 2006.


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