Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Texas Gov. Perry: No Stem Cell Science In Texas

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who strongly supports teaching only "abstinence" sex education in Texas schools and who reappointed young earth (earth age only 6,000 years) creationist Don McLeroy as chairman of the Texas State Board of Education to oppose teaching evolution in public schools, also promises to prevent stem cell research in Texas as he touts his record for passing more restrictions on stem cell research than any previous governor.

[Apparently, Gov. Perry does not think Texas needs the high tech stem cell business dollars flowing into Texas to replace the crumbling telecommunication industry that is rapidly disappearing from Texas' "silicon prairie" corridor.]

Governor Perry, a leading general in the Republican Party's War On Science, promises that a story like this will never come out of Texas:
ScienceDaily (Apr. 1, 2009) — In a genetic engineering breakthrough that could help everyone from bed-ridden patients with failing heart muscles to people afflicted with muscular dystroph, a team of American researchers—including 2007 Nobel Prize winner Mario R. Capecchi—have created a "switch" that allows mutations to be turned on in muscle stem cells to monitor muscle regeneration in a living mammal.

"This is basic science at its best," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D, Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. "This study has not only shown us how stem cells turn into muscle in the living body, but brought us closer to the day when we can use stem cells to repair wounded flesh or a maimed physique."

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