Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

December 11, 2012

Another View: Stem cell support needed

Four years ago, Michigan made an important step forward for science. The state passed Proposal 2, a 2008 ballot proposal, and ended the 30-year ban on embryonic stem cell line usage in Michigan. Little progress has been made since then, as the state has not garnered funding necessary to support these projects. Michigan must make stem cell research a top priority, and allow it to jump-start the science economy.

The University of Michigan continues to be a leader in stem cell research and has made significant strides since 2009. The National Institutes of Health added the stem cell line UM4-6 to its registry, along with two others that are pending approval. As one of the world's largest research institutions, the University must help lead the state to its goals for stem cell research.

Michigan made its voice heard in 2008, and now it's time for Gov. Rick Snyder to bring Michigan back into the stem cell research conversation.

Improving stem cell research will have significant scientific benefits and improve the state's economic status for many years to come.

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