Keeper Of The Stem Cells

Now that there's federal money for research, can patent holders meet demand for the precious lines?

When President Bush laid out his long-awaited policy on stem-cell research on Aug. 9, he painted a rosy picture of the scientific flowering that might result. With some 60 lines of embryonic stem cells to study and the power of government funds behind them, scientists would now be able to use these biological wonders to search for possible cures for all sorts of ills, from diabetes and heart disease to Alzheimer's--all without taking a single additional embryo.

What the President didn't mention: to make all this happen, the University of Wisconsin would have to agree. It was at Wisconsin that biologist...

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