View Full Version : Stem cell scientists headed to Singapore.

11-21-2005, 03:32 PM
Just what the religious right wanted! /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif ahh i guess we won't need to worry about any of the health benefits from stem cell research, we can all just hold hands and pray for cures to come.

stem cell scientists headed to Singapore to continue research

Monday, November 21, 2005; Posted: 9:19 a.m. EST (14:19 GMT)

STANFORD, California (AP) -- Two government biologists heavily recruited by Stanford University have decided to work in Singapore instead, saying they will face fewer restrictions on stem cell research overseas.

Neal Copeland and Nancy Jenkins, geneticists for the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland said they were concerned about delays in the allocation of $3 billion set aside by a California ballot measure approved in 2004.

"If there were any way we could come to Stanford, we would do this in a heartbeat," the married couple wrote in an e-mail to the San Jose Mercury News.

Copeland and Jenkins are famous for discovering a way to accelerate the identification of cancer-causing genes in mice. Scientists hope to advance this discovery by using embryonic stem-cell cultures to build models of leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers. If researchers can learn which genes are mutated in cancer, they could possibly develop drugs to block mutations.

At Singapore's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, any of the couple's discoveries would first be patented and used in Singapore.

"It is a loss for Stanford and a loss for America," said Irving Weissman, director of Stanford's Institute for Cancer and Stem Cell Biology and Medicine. "Without a doubt, they are the best people I know to find out which genes are altered to cause cancer."

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11-22-2005, 08:46 AM
Imagine if the Internet revolution had started under Bush. Oh, we can't just have anybody making websites and posting information, imagine what that would do to Intellectual Property rights, and what about the Porn. Let's stop those Socialists now before they destroy business, afterall the free market system nows best and imagine all the profits.

Same thing is happening here. We have the makings of another boon for humanity and the economy and Bush is running it out on ideological (idiotological) grounds.