Stevens supports research
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has signed a letter asking President Bush to relax federal restrictions on stem cell research.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has declined to sign the letter.
Stevens and 57 other senators signed the letter sent to Bush on Friday that asks the president to lift restrictions he created in August 2001 on research using embryonic stem cells.
The letter said scientists are shying away from stem cell research because they think the current restrictions will prevent success. It also said other countries are moving forward with the research.
"Mr. President, we know that you have been a strong supporter of medical research and share our commitment to curing disease and alleviating human suffering," the letter said. "We would very much like to work with you to modify the current embryonic stem cell policy so that it provides this area of research the greatest opportunity to lead to the treatments and cures for which we are all hoping."
The letter was signed by 43 Democrats, one independent and 14 Republicans.