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Stem Cell Research / Congress / Embryo Adoption / Frozen Embryos #790970

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, May 24, 2005
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The stem cell debate introduced.

(Washington: Kathleen Koch) The debate in Congress over stem cell research examined; findings of CNN/"USA Today"/Gallup poll on the public view of whether the government should ease restrictions on stem cell research cited. [Diabetic's mother Jan WOOD†- hopes for a cure via stem cell research.] [Representatives Chris SHAYS, Diana DEGETTE, Mike PENCE, Tom DeLAY, Duke CUNNINGHAM - offer differing opinions on embryonic stem cell research.] President Bush's promise to veto any bill going beyond his strict position noted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Washington: Dana Bash) The concept of embryo adoption examined; details given of one case of a "snowflake" baby born from an adopted frozen embryo. [Parents Maura & John DANIEL†- says she lost her baby; talk about meeting the other family; states we want to raise Congressional awareness; want continued stem cell research & informed decisions.] [With "snowflake" babies, President BUSH - says every human life is precious.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Studio: Elizabeth Cohen) The fight over frozen embryos still sitting in infertility clinics examined; details given of the problem that the embryo has to be destroyed in the process of using it for stem cell research. [Actors Michael J. FOX†, Christopher REEVE†- promote stem cell research.] Diagrams shown to illustrate how stem cells can be used to treat spinal injuries. [Neurosurgeon Dr. Barth GREEN†- says stem cells can also repair.] [Johns Hopkins Medical Inst. Dr. John GEARHART†- comments on the research.] The question of how many embryos have been adopted, remain frozen or thrown out & the scientific viability of older stem cell lines discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Taped interview held with Representative Mike Castle about the House stem cell research bill. [From Washington, CASTLE - explains where the leftover embryos {that contain stem cells} come from & how they could be used for research; states the limits of using adult stem cells; comments on the difficulty in getting the House bill passed; hopes for a negotiated change in policy.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Koch, Kathleen;
Bash, Dana;
Cohen, Elizabeth

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