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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Stem cell

Kerry Vows to Lift Bush Restrictions on Stem Cells
Reuters, Sat Aug 7, 2004 10:07 PM ET

LAMAR, Colo. (Reuters) - Democratic challenger John Kerry on Saturday marked the third anniversary of President Bush's restrictions on stem cell research by vowing to lift them for the sake of millions of Americans with debilitating diseases.
"To those who pray each day for cures that are now beyond our reach, I want you to know that help is on the way," Kerry said in remarks taped for his party's weekly radio address in the second week of a cross-country campaign tour with vice-presidential running mate John Edwards.
"Come next January," said Kerry, who hopes to be inaugurated as president at that time, "we're going to create a new anniversary -- one that will be cause for celebration. We're going to lift the ban."
Stem cell research heated up as an election-year issue after the death in June of former President Ronald Reagan, who was stricken with Alzheimer's disease. His son, Ron Reagan, made an emotional plea to expand such research at last month's Democratic National Convention.
On Aug. 9, 2001, Bush restricted the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research to batches, called cell lines, that existed at that time. Critics complain more lines need to be opened to federally financed study.

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It will be interesting to see how Kerry's proposal to lift the ban on stem cell research will be recieved. It was mentioned that Ronald Reagan's death played a role in the involvement of stem cell research as an issue in this year's election. With people like Ron Reagan speaking out in favor of the research, it appears this idea is being more widely spread and possibly more accepted. Conservatives and fundamentalists have other opinions on the matter, and will be more in favor of Bush it seems. No doubt this issue will play a role in this year's upcoming election.

There is also no doubt that research, if not stem cell, need's to be conducted on diseases such as Alzheimer's. It was recently discovered that there is unlikely to be any link between Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. To read more on this go to http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5900981

Also, they are working on a cure. Here's the lastest on that and what they've found about treating it early and such: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5890046


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