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Stem Cell Research and politics

I'm not going to get into politics much on this site and I'm not a one issue kind of guy, but here is the candidates positions on stem cell research.

John Kerry

and George Bush. The Bush site knows more about what John Kerry thinks then the John Kerry site. Like this and this.

Sorry, guess you need to check out your own facts, 'cause these guys don't.

October 12, 2004 in politics | Permalink | Comments (0)

DNA Pioneer Defends Stem Cell Research

Nobel laureate James Watson, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, on Monday defended stem cell research, saying researchers must be able to search for ways to improve quality of life despite the field's uncertainties.

"I think there's a perception that scientists are more interested in science than society, that scientists are less moral than religious people," the 76-year-old Watson said at the opening of a Berlin exhibit on his life and books. "I think that's completely wrong."

"To what extent research on stem cells will improve the quality of human life, I don't know, but we should be allowed to try," he told reporters at the Berlin Medical History Museum at the Charite Medical School.

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October 12, 2004 in stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

Yahoo! News - Pain relief a human right, leading professor says

Treatment to alleviate pain is a human right, whether people are suffering from cancer, AIDS or any other distressing condition, a leading medical authority said, marking the first-ever Global Day Against Pain.

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October 10, 2004 in pain | Permalink | Comments (0)

Early Brain Changes in MS Revealed by New MRI Techniques

Progressive changes within the brain occur earlier in multiple sclerosis than previously supposed, according to a study presented October 4, 2004, at the 129th annual meeting of the American Neurological Association. Using sophisticated variations on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, researchers described changes that appear in the first years of the disease, while disability is still minimal.

"The study showed that subtle abnormalities in the brain were steadily increasing during the first five years of multiple sclerosis, possibly reflecting changes to nerve fibers and their surrounding myelin sheathes," said Dr. Gerard Davies of the Institute of Neurology in London, lead author of the report.

Davies and colleagues also report preliminary evidence that the abnormalities may even pre-date the appearance of symptoms of the disorder.

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October 4, 2004 in research | Permalink | Comments (0)