Politics may threaten legitimate science research by support for the wrong reasons. In the circus that is the US Presidential nominations, Texas Governor Rick perry has come out robustly in support of developing stem-cell therapies.
Although scientists and physicians in Texas are excited about the funding to develop stem-cell science, many are concerned that treatments will reach the clinic before safety and efficacy are properly established.
Texas has poured millions of dollars into studying and commercializing adult stem-cell treatments through its Emerging Technology Fund, an initiative created at Perry’s behest. Perry sees the treatments as both a potential boon to the Texan economy and an alternative to treatments that use embryonic stem cells, which he opposes.
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