"The scientists working in Massachusetts need to know they'll have freedom to pursue their work without the risk of it being buried in shifting political sands," said Dr. George Q. Daley, a fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge who is researching how to develop embryonic mouse cells into mature blood cells. "We want to make sure that Massachusetts is viewed favorably as a home for stem cell research."
The Massachusetts bill would establish a review board that would ensure the scientific merits of stem cell research. It would also create a committee to "advance" stem cell research and monitor ethical issues. The committee would advise the commissioner of public health on the distribution of money from the research trust fund. Finally, the bill would ban any cloning intended to reproduce a human being.
1. "We want to make sure that Massachusetts is viewed favorably as a home for stem cell research," says Dr. George Daley of the Whitehead Institute. / GLOBE STAFF PHOTO / BILL GREENE 2. Dr. George Daley and assistant Sarah Optiz, examining embryonic cells last year. / GLOBE FILE PHOTO 3. Democratic State Senator [Cynthia Stone Creem], of Newton, is sponsoring the stem cell bill. / GLOBE FILE PHOTO