December 4, 2023

Pressure on US states to support stem cell research

In the wake of the successful California referendum on embryonic stem cell research, pressure is mounting in other states to follow suit or lose researchers and research dollars. The governor of Wisconsin, Jim Doyle, has announced plans to invest US$750 million to support ESC research. This would build on nearly $1 billion that the state has already spent on high-tech facilities over the past 15 years. “Other states, like California, are trying to play catch-up and build from scratch what we already have,” said Mr Doyle. In neighbouring Illinois, however, the Senate narrowly defeated a loosely-worded bill which would have endorsed ESC research and therapeutic cloning.