Clinton: Bush Declared “War on Science”

Not just science, but medical research

  • Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) said she would reverse Bush’s financial restriction on embryonic stem cell research
  • Clinton also said she would “shield science from politics,” and lift federal limits on stem cell research
    • (As of right now, the federal government finances only cell lines that were already in use in 2001, when Bush signed the restriction.)

So what does this mean?

  • Embryonic stem cell research allows scientists to discover what happens during the developmental stages of human life
  • This research is useful for testing new drugs and understanding why patients get various cancers, as well as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases
  • If we understand why people get these diseases, stem cell research could help find a cure
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