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Thursday, December 01, 2005

King Midas in reverse

Posted by: Jambo / 2:26 PM

Just about everything Bush gets involved in makes the country worse off. From yesterday's Strib:

Fallout from the corruption of secular science by the Bush administration and its religious allies continues to pile up. The latest is a particularly harmful blow: Two of the world's best geneticists will leave the National Cancer Institute and move not to Stanford University, which had heavily recruited them, but to Singapore's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology. The reason is simple: They will face far fewer restrictions on their research, which involves stem cells.

Neal Copeland and Nancy Jenkins are a husband-wife research team. They are famous for developing methods that identify cancer-causing genes, work completed during their three decades at the Cancer Institute. Their ultimate goal is to develop drugs to block those genes; in effect, they seek a cure for cancer. They're leaving the institute because of restrictions on the use of stem cells imposed by the Bush administration. They had hoped to move to Stanford to take advantage of the $3 billion fund California voters approved for stem-cell research that circumvents the federal restrictions. Unfortunately, lawsuits by antiabortion groups have held up use of those funds. Thus the move to Singapore, where they will join geneticist Edison Liu, also formerly of the Cancer Institute.

The United States is accustomed to being the beneficiary of brain drains, but in the biological sciences that has now been reversed because of the unreasonable restrictions imposed on the use of embryonic stem cells for research.

2 Comments:

yes... he IS a man of singular vision.. and his party has a similar singularity
I found it interesting after Katrina, some groups calling for a reduction in funding to NIH etc in order to pay for hurrican recovery without having to consider shutting down the wealthy tax breaks or the bridge to nowhere...
nope no need for science or medical research, no sir...
I imagine the day that 'not so-curious' george's handlers came to him with dire predicitons of "bird flu"..
'why hell.. down in Texas we just grab the ol' shotgunn and SHOOT them damn birds... what in tarnation is thar to be afrayd a from some flying birds.. unless thaise terrerist birds..'
and when you now discuss a brain drain in the sciences, dont forget to take into account the number of highly qualified ph.d students and post doctoral researchers who after finding it increasingly difficult to obtain a work visa, are deciding to work elsewhere. I know several post doc candidates that during their visa interviews were asked whether they supported america's cause in Irak...

By Blogger lionel mandrake, at 8:43 AM  

You are right Group Capt. Mandrake, there are many examples out there. And not just in the sciences. This is one of the best articles I have seen in years and I go back and reread it every few months. America's place in the world is changing and not for the better. You can't blame Bush for all of it but he's done more than his fair share.

By Blogger Jambo, at 12:12 PM  

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