I wrote on Tuesday about the newest effort to pass the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. Yesterday, Nature's blog, a Spoonful of Medicine, posted an interesting, short Q&A with US Representative and bill co-sponsor Michael Castle (R-DE), who said:
It's a contentious issue, but the bill really sort of incorporates a lot of the concepts that were in the President's executive order - things that are already happening. And [this legislation] provides some protection against practices that would be questionable in terms of being able to purchase stem cells, etc.
Interestingly, Representative Castle is planning to resign his seat in order to run for Vice President Joe Biden's senate position.