President Obama recently reversed an eight-year ban on most federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. But many states with established research programs are now reconsidering their support in the wake of the economic downturn. We discuss the last decade of stem cell research, and whether new advances in science are rendering old arguments about embryonic stem cells obsolete.


  • Karen Rothenberg Chair of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, and Dean and Marjorie Cook Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law
  • Valina Dawson Co-director of the Neuroregeneration Program at the Institute for Cell Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Physiology at JHU.
  • Larry Goldstein Director of the University of California San Diego Stem Cell Program, and Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at UC San Diego

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