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Tommy Thompson: Rove convinced Bush to reject embryonic stem cell research.

In August 2001, President Bush sharply curbed embryonic stem cell research, funding only research on “existing stem cell lines.” Former HHS Secretary Tommy Thomspson told the World Stem Cell Summit this week that Bush came to the decision after consulting with he and Karl Rove over lunch in summer 2001:

In contrast to Thompson’s claim, Bush’s decision was harmful to science — not a small victory. Rove has no background in health care or science. In the past, he falsely claimed that science has “far more promise from adult stem cells than from embryonic stem cells.”

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