… in the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the most charitable description of what’s been going on at the clubby University of Minnesota medical school would be “bizarre.”
Friday, February 23, 2007
From the Pioneer-Press (Gem Cities other good newspaper)
1973 law on human research in question
by Jeremy Olson
A lawmaker used a House committee hearing on embryonic stem cell research funding Thursday to challenge a University of Minnesota scientist on whether her work violates state law.
Rep. Dan Severson, R-Sauk Rapids, said a 1973 state statute on human research appears to make embryonic research by the U's Meri Firpo illegal.
"I think in this particular case the experiments Mrs. Firpo is doing are a gross misdemeanor," he said.
Firpo responded that she has been assured by U leaders that embryonic stem cell research is permitted under that statute, and a research analyst for the higher education and work force development committee said the statute applies to a relatively narrow definition of human life.Mr. Bonzo is very concerned about the way this is going...