Texas Gov. and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry met with stem cell scientists and patients in San Diego on Monday. Their goal: to work out a strategy they can agree on to bring the benefits of stem cell research to those in need.
Human embryonic stem cell research is controversial —- Perry is against it. But all those at the meeting support nonembryonic stem cell research. Perry himself received a transplant of his own stem cells last year after undergoing spinal fusion surgery.
“This meeting exemplified the good things that can happen when we start building bridges between a diversity of people,” wrote stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler ofUC Davis School of Medicine, who took part in the meeting and blogged about it.
The meeting was hosted by Jerry Henberger of the Parkinsons Association of San Diego, at The Scripps Research Institute, Knoepfler wrote.
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SCIENCE: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, stem cell advocates, find common ground at San Diego meeting