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— Gov. Jim Doyle said Monday night that the political fight over stem cell research in Wisconsin effectively ended with his re-election in 2006.
And Doyle, a supporter of Barack Obama, said the political fight could end nationally this year depending on the outcome of the election.
Speaking at the World Stem Cell Summit at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Doyle said he has had to “fight through hostility toward stem cell research in the Legislature,” vetoing bills that would have restricted funding for embryonic stem cells research.
“That political battle never slowed down stem cell research in Wisconsin,” he said. “The battle in political terms is really over in the state.”
Stem cell research was a critical issue in the 2006 gubernatorial election. Doyle’s Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Mark Green, objected to embryonic stem cell research. But Doyle said the people of Wisconsin sided with him on the issue.
“The people of Wisconsin have chosen science over religion and politics and have said to us that they want scientists to go into the laboratories and push forward,” he said.
— One of the principal organizers of this year’s World Stem Cell Summit told a crowd of hundreds Monday that a primary goal of the gathering is to “unite the stem cell community.”
“It struck me as I walked through the fog this morning that we need to get together on this issue in order to lift the fog in Washington,” said Bernard Siegel, executive director of the Genetics Policy Institute. “We need to find out how to get the first human trials started to get the public to support embryonic stem cell research.”
The Genetics Policy Institute is an organizing sponsor of the summit along with WiCell, and the University of Wisconsin Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center.
Siegel said 70 percent of the public views stem cell research as being a personal health issue.
He said the attendees needed to determine “how to find the stakeholders to organize around this issue. It’s not a top-down situation but one driven by grassroots advocates.”
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— A Milwaukee Public Radio poll of southeastern Wisconsin adults showed a large majority agreeing that stem cell research has the potential to lead to new treatments for serious diseases. But at the same time just less than 50 percent favored the use of embryonic stem cells — roughly 89 percent of respondents said they thought at least somewhat important to pursue stem cells that do not come from embryos.
The telephone poll of 398 adults in the seven southeastern counties of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha was conducted this month and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
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