In August 2001, President George W. Bush boxed himself into a corner by curtailing federal support for human embryonic stem (ES) cell research (see First Base, July 2003 Bio·IT World, page 6). By contrast, Sen. John Kerry has been uncharacteristically unequivocal in his support of ES cell research. But for all of the medical and economic upside, some advocates of ES cell research are hurting their cause by grossly exaggerating the benefits and trivializing the surrounding ethical issues.
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