The UK can become the world capital of science, says Prime Minister Tony Blair, and his government will not withdraw its support from embryonic stem cell research. Speaking at the launch of a five-year plan for the Department of Trade and Industry, Mr Blair said: “I do not think it is right to deny people suffering from these illnesses the hope of a cure. The potential benefits are huge. But we are not allowing it simply to proceed unregulated. We should have the confidence to recognise that science can be a force for good and to grasp the opportunities that it presents to us.” Another bioethical controversy featured in Mr Blair’s proposals: animal rights extremism. He announced new initiatives to deal with vandalism to research facilities.
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