Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Reagan brings stem-cell debate to top



Gannett News Service

In one of the most thumb-in-your-eye moments of the Democratic convention, Ronald Reagan's youngest child will criticize President Bush's position on stem cell research tonight.

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Young candidate enjoys star status
Reagan brings stem-cell debate to top
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Former President Reagan died in June after a decade-long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Many researchers believe that stem cell research could unlock cures for that debilitating illness and a host of other deadly and crippling diseases.

Ron Reagan and his mother, former first lady Nancy Reagan, have been outspoken about the restrictive approach Bush has taken to using stem cells in research because of moral qualms he and many conservatives have.

Stem cells are the most basic of cells, building blocks found in the earliest stages of human development, that can grow into any type of more specialized cell - such as those that make up the brain or organs such as the heart or kidney.

Being able to create new healthy cells could be a huge breakthrough in fighting multiple diseases.

However, stem-cell research involves the destruction of human embryos, which Bush and many conservatives see as the destruction of human life. Bush sought middle ground in 2001 by allowing research on existing lines of stem cells, where embryos have already been destroyed.

But many researchers argue that Bush's policy drastically slows advancement.




DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Clintons promise to make Kerry next president
Clinton calls himself "foot soldier"
Text of former President Clinton's speech
Agreed on Kerry, Ohio Dems debate locals
Heinz Kerry's blunt offering: 'Shove it'
Young candidate enjoys star status
Reagan brings stem-cell debate to top
Delegates given guidance
2004 DNC Photo gallery

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