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Stem Cell Research: What Taxpayers Must Know

Recorded on May 10, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Americans, in and out of Congress and our state legislatures, are debating the future of stem cell research, and what taxpayers should contribute to that research. The topic is current in newspapers and on talk shows, in scientific and medical journals, at kitchen tables across America as well as in the halls of Congress. California has already enacted major funding legislation, and other states are considering it. But what is the state of the science? What is the range of research options? What research efforts have shown the most promise? Will stem cell research lead to miraculous cures for debilitating diseases? What are the ethical issues? Is embryonic stem cell research superior, scientifically or ethically, to other alternatives? Taxpayers are already committed to the research, and they should understand what they are funding and why. Join us as these and other issues surrounding stem cell research are analyzed by our special panelists.