Federal funding of stem cell research is one of the decisions George W. Bush covers in his book, Decision Points. He writes: “Embryonic stem cell research seemed to offer so much hope. Yet it raised troubling moral concerns. I wondered if it was possible to find a principled policy that advanced science while respecting the dignity of life.”
Recently two researchers, one British, the other Japanese, were awarded the Nobel Prize for finding it. John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka shared the prestigious prize in physiology or medicine for discovering that mature, specialised cells of the body can be reprogrammed into becoming primitive cells that are the equivalent of embryonic stem cells.
(P.S. Three cheers to John and Shinya.)