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Science Over Politics

Lanza, Robert P. and Baltimore, David and Dulbecco, Renato and Gell-Mann, Murray and Marcus, Rudolph A. (1999) Science Over Politics. Science, 283 (5409). p. 1849. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.283.5409.1849b.

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Last month, 70 members of the U.S. Congress, including Henry Hyde, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and J. C. Watts Jr. Republican Conference Chairman, signed a letter urging the federal government to ban all research on stem cells obtained from human embryos and fetuses. The letter calls upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to reverse National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Harold Varmus's decision to allow funding of pluripotent stem cell research. The lawmakers object “in the strongest possible terms” to Varmus's decision, as well as to the memorandum issued in January by DHHS General Counsel Harriet Rabb, which served as the legal basis for Varmus's position. In their letter, the members of Congress state, “Any NIH action to initiate funding of such research would violate both the letter and spirit of the federal law banning federal support for research in which human embryos are harmed or destroyed.” Federal laws and regulations, they claim, have protected human embryos and fetuses “from harmful experimentation at the hands of the Federal government” for more than two decades. “This area of law has provided a bulwark against government's misuse and exploitation of human beings in the name of medical progress. It would he a travesty for this Administration to attempt to unravel this accepted ethical standard.”

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Official Citation:Science Over Politics Robert P. Lanza, Kenneth J. Arrow, Julius Axelrod, David Baltimore, Baruj Benacerraf, Konrad E. Bloch, Nicolaas Bloembergen, Herbert C. Brown, Michael S. Brown, Jose B. Cibelli, Stanley Cohen, Leon N. Cooper, E. J. Corey, Reneto Dulbecco, Edmond H. Fischer, Val L. Fitch, Jerome I. Friedman, Milton Friedman, Robert F. Furchgott, Murray Gell-Mann, Donald A. Glaser, Sheldon Lee Glashow, Walter Gilbert, Joseph L. Goldstein, Stephen Jay Gould, Roger Guillemin, Herbert A. Hauptman, Dudley Herschbach, Roald Hoffman, Leroy Hood, David H. Hubel, Jerome Karle, Lawrence R. Klein, Walter Kohn, Arthur Kornberg, Edwin G. Krebs, Leon M. Lederman, Joshua Lederberg, David M. Lee, Robert E. Lucas Jr., Rudolph A. Marcus, R. Bruce Merrifield, Merton H. Miller, Franco Modigliani, Mario J. Molina, Kary Mullis, Ferid Murad, Joseph E. Murray, Daniel Nathans, Marshall W. Nirenberg, Douglas C. North, George A. Olah, George E. Palade, Martin J. Perl, Norman F. Ramsey, Burton Richter, Richard J. Roberts, James M. Robl, Paul A. Samuelson, Melvin Schwartz, Phillip A. Sharp, Richard E. Smalley, Hamilton O. Smith, Robert M. Solow, Henry Taube, Susumu Tonegawa, James D. Watson, Steven Weinberg, Thomas H. Weller, Michael D. West, Eric F. Wieschaus, Torsten N. Wiesel, and Robert W. Wilson Science 19 March 1999: 283 (5409), 1849. [DOI:10.1126/science.283.5409.1849b]
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