John Gearhart Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, Maryland Eric Meslin Executive Director National Bioethics Advisory Commission Rockville, Maryland Bruce Torbett Researcher Scripps Research Institute La Jolla, California Kent Smith Research Associate Scripps Research Institute La Jolla, California Human embryonic stem cell research, which holds the promise of curing many diseases, has been hampered by a lack of funds. But last week, the federal government ruled that much of this work is eligible to receive federal funds, a decision that the National Bioethics Advisory Commission is slated to debate. Join Ira Flatow on the next Science Friday for a discussion on the problems, promise, and funding of embryonic stem cell research. Plus, we'll talk with researchers using the HIV virus as a vector in gene therapy.
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