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You Can Take the Science out of Politics, But...

An editorial at Science Progress says that as Americans prepare to inaugurate a new president, they should also think differently about their stem cell politics. "The stem cell wars have provided a great example of how not to conduct the politics of science," writes Marcy Darnovsky, associate executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society. While the majority of Americans have favored embryonic stem cell research since 2004, that doesn't mean it's an all-or-nothing view. Instead of trying to take the politics out of science, Darnovsky says that more emphasis should be placed on hammering out sound ethical policies and regulations and cutting back on the "exaggeration and hype that's tainted the stem cell debate."

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