GOP Science Platform

The 2012 US Republican Party platform, approved earlier this week at the party's national convention, includes support for biomedical research, the R&D tax credit, and some alternative energy sources while it opposes human embryonic stem cell research, ScienceInsider reports. The platform also says that immigrants who received advanced degrees from US institutions "should be encouraged" to stay in the US.

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