Most of the stories today are still about the paralyzed rats who regained functioning after a particular treatment. The other story is the ongoing stem cell debate in Australia. The Age reports that PM John Howard will allow a debate on loosening the restrictions on stem cell research, including lifting the ban on therapeutic cloning, but that the government is still inclined to stay with the status quo. The government has already received the “Lockhart report,” which is a review of the situation with recommendations for loosening the restrictions prepared by a federal judge. The judge has since died. Existing law allows for embryonic stem cell research on left-over embryos from fertility clinics.
So there will be a debate. Will anything change? That’s the question of the moment.