Wisconsin GOP wants to ban the use of fetal tissue in research

Research at risk
A Republican effort to ban the use of fetal tissue in research would put an end to promising work in Wisconsin.
Legislators should reject a ban.
Sept. 12, 2011 6:33 p.m.

An effort has been launched in the state Legislature that could cripple dozens of research projects in Wisconsin and exile that work to other states – work that may lead to new therapies for such dreaded diseases as diabetes and heart disease.

Identical bills introduced by Republicans in the state Assembly and Senate would make it a crime for researchers in Wisconsin to use cells derived from fetal tissue. A ban would put an end to research in labs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin and would almost certainly lead to an exodus of both scientists and the companies that are putting their research to work.

Reasonable people from both parties should run from this profoundly bad idea.

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