Over the past decade or so, seeking federal funding for embryonic stem cell research has been a little like slamming one's head into a brick wall. Funding was banned all together in 1996, and then President Bush loosened the ban slightly (some say negligibly) by allowing funding for embryonic stem cell lines created before August 2001. Yet, this past March, the barricade seemed to be crumbling when President Obama gave an executive order to remove the ban. But wait, all you stem cell researchers. Not so fast.
In this corner: Gregory Stock, director of the program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA. and in this corner: Panos Zavos, professor emeritus of reproductive physiology at the University of Kentucky.
By Rebecca SklootPosted 02.23.2004 at 5:26 pm 0 Comments
On February 4, Zavos revealed that the cloned embryo he purportedly transferred into a woman's uterus failed to implant. Stock believes clones aren't far off, but says Zavos isn't legit. Here, a discussion just hours before Zavos told the British press there's no baby.
Stock: The only reason Zavos made a cloning announcement is for publicity, just like the Ralians.