STEM--But No Stem

Science  24 Aug 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5841, pp. 1009
DOI: 10.1126/science.1149332

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Two converging events took place on 9 August that ought to have the scientific community scratching its collective head. One of these is an anniversary: On that date in 2001, President George W. Bush signed an Executive Order banning any use of federal funds to support research on stem cells (save, of course, for those 78 preexisting cell lines, only 21 of which are available). That position is reiterated most recently in another Executive Order after Bush's veto of the 2007 Senate bill (S.5) that would have authorized stem cell research.