Stem Cell Update

Guests:

NICHOLAS WADE Science Reporter, New York Times
New York, New York

DAVID PRENTICE Professor, Life Sciences Indiana State University Adjunct Professor, Medical and Molecular Genetics Indiana University School of Medicine. Ad-hoc Science Advisor to Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas)
Terre Haute, Indiana

DONALD ORLIC Staff Scientist, Division of Intramural Research National Human Genome Research Institute National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

IRVING WEISSMAN Member, National Academy of Sciences Professor—Developmental Biology, Pathology, Biology Stanford University Medical School
Stanford, California

OLE ISSACSON Associate Professor of Neuroscience Director of Parkinson's Disease Center of Excellence Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

The Bush administration is expected to decide soon whether to provide federal funds for research using embryonic stem cells. Some people opposed to funding this work say scientists have shown that adult stem cells are just as powerful, and that embryonic research isn't needed. This hour, we'll take a look at the science of stem cell research. What kinds of tissues have been derived from adult stem cells? Can they supply us with all the tissues and information we need to fight disease, or is embryonic stem cell research still needed? Plus, we'll get an update on the Bush administration's impending decision.

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