Monday, November 21, 2011

Stem Cell Politics

No real surprises in this piece in NEJM summarizing public-opinion polling results on support for human embryonic stem cell research. 62% of Americans think hESC research is morally acceptable, while only 30% think it's wrong; 55% favor federal funding and 41% oppose it. But only 52% of Republicans favor hESC research, compared to 67% of Democrats; and a 58% majority of Republicans oppose federal funding, which 70% of Democrats favor.

Of 34 European countries, majorities favored prohibition of hESC research only in Luxembourg, Slovenia, Austria and Greece.

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