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Out of One, Many: Stem Cells Ignite Scientific Inquiry, Controversy in '99

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For patients of all political and religious stripes, the issue is largely a no-brainer. As the advocacy group Patients' Coalition for Urgent Research said in a statement issued in support of federal funding, stem cell research is "a new area of science with tremendous promise for alleviating and even curing catastrophic illness."

Perhaps we should let Galileo himself have the final say, 377 years after he wrote these words about scientific inquiry: "Philosophy is written in this grand book -- I mean the universe -- which stands continually open to our gaze, but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and interpret the characters in which it is written."

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