China eyes embryo biotechnology

The debate on how to get ahead in bioscience rages.

An article in today’s Chinese People’s Daily Online says scientists are being told to look for the area where they can take the lead. A professor at Connecticut State University, Yang Xiangzhong urged attendees at a conference in Beijing to focus on embryo technology and cloning. He told them that Americans are going slowly in this area because of ethical and religious disapproval and thus their research is done largely with animals, while China has the advantage of being able to conduct human therapeutic cloning.

Oh, and today’s Washington Post announces that proponents of stem cell research are entering the political fight for the White House.