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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Push for Florida Pro-ESCR Ballot Initiative Begins

On the heels of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's comments that he opposes using taxpayer funds to pay for embryonic stem cell research, Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson says he plans a state ballot initiative to fund such research at Scripps Research Institute. This despite the fact that Scripps does not and does not plan to conduct embryonic stem cell research, instead intending to continue to use animal embryonic stem cells and human adult stem cells.

In a parallel effort a group calling itself "Cures for Florida" has started its own signature campaign for an initiative to obtain $1B from taxpayers for the ethnically and technically questionable research.

For those who scoreboard watch, here is the comparison of cures and diseases having treatments derived from the different types of human stem cells:

Adult - 58
Embryonic - 0

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