Staying true to form from the latest general elections, the Midwest is a bellweather for the nation at large, this time regarding the divide over human embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). Last week, the Ohio Senate passed a bill that prohibits state funding of ESCR, basically along party lines. The bill now moves to the Ohio House, where a similar bill was withdrawn because it did not appear to have the votes needed to pass.
Meanwhile, ESCR supporters have permission from Missouri's secretary of state to circulate a petition that would place an initiative on the ballot next year. This comes on the heels of the KC-based Stowers Institute's decision to fund out-of-state ESCR efforts because of the concerns of a prominent research specialist that the state may criminalize his work if he were to relocate there.
(cap tips: Stem Cell Research Progress Blog)