A new era of hope

Published: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 11:45 p.m.
''There's so many areas and so many things that can be helped by this kind of research and I think caring, compassionate people get that. So I don't think it's going to be facing that much resistance. That's my hope.'' Gov. Charlie Crist, endorsing state funding for stem cell research.
It was ironic that while former Gov. Jeb Bush spent billions of dollars to lure new biotech labs and industries to Florida, he and the Legislature remained steadfastly opposed to public funding that would help state universities do cutting-edge stem cell research. Legislation has been introduced that would require the state to spend $20 million a year for 10 years to support stem cell research. If that seems like a lot it isn't. California will spend $300 million a year for that purpose. Perhaps with Gov. Crist's prodding, the Florida Legislature will help usher in a new age of scientific enlightenment.
The Associated Press

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