GOP Sweeping Stem Cell Research Restrictions Aimed At U of M, Mayo

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When you hear the word “cloning” you probably think of Hollywood movies where entire human beings are cloned. Senator Terri Bonoff (DFL- Minnetonka) says that’s a scary thought, but anti-cloning language Republicans have introduced into Minnesota’s Higher Education funding bill would prevent life-saving stem cell research at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Bonoff says the “sweeping” scope of the restriction would prevent those institutions from taking any public funds for this type of research, including state and federal funds.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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