Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Hollywood gets in on the stem cell debate

From USA Today:
"Hollywood figure, filmmaker Jerry Zucker, is trying to influence the [stem cell] debate with his own video, this one a slickly produced spot posted on youtube.com.

The 3½-minute film, which is not scheduled to run on TV, portrays Bush in a video conference with two workers at a fertility clinic who plead for guidance about what to do with the embryos that are no longer wanted by couples...

For Zucker, it's personal. His 19-year-old daughter, Katie, has Type I diabetes. A sometime dinner partner of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Zucker was a backer of California's 2004 voter proposition that set aside $3 billion for taxpayer-funded stem cell research in the state. Zucker and other proponents of stem cell research believe it will lead to breakthroughs in combating diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other diseases."

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