We're dedicating a big chunk of Tuesday's show to the issue of embryonic stem cell research. President Barack Obama overturned President George W. Bush's policy that limited the amount of government money for that type of research.
Some researchers want to use embryonic stem cells because they have the potential to transform into any type of cell in the human body. Research supporters believe these cells might be used to replace diseased and damaged cells, possibly treating or curing an unknown number of diseases, possibly saving lives. The downside: The act of getting these stem cells destroys the embryo. Critics say that this is an unnecessary loss of life and that research using adult stem cells is less controversial and just as promising.
As the debate rages on Capitol Hill, scientists could eventually have access to additional government money to engage in embryonic stem cell research. Should they? What do you think?
John Martin, CNNSN Curriculum Writer