HERE ARE some givens when dealing with the ethics of scientific research: 1. Federal funding and regulations can be controversial. Remove the funding and needless oversight and the only thing you will lose are groups that almost always propose government controls of biomedical regulations that reflect their own views and a belief in their own moral superiority. 2. The less government gets involved in creating forums for zealots and allowing them a hand in shaping guidelines for research funding, the better off scientific research will be.  

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