Monday, December 10, 2007

"We're behind!" - "No, were losing ground" - "No, our country is the least hospitable"

I thought the U.S. was falling behind in stem cell research or at least that's what the media and embryonic stem cell proponents always seem to be telling me. I've read about the "brain drain" so much I get worried I won't be able to fly internationally because every researcher in the U.S. is moving overseas because of America's supposedly harsh restrictions. But wait! Here's an article from a Japanese paper which includes complaints from Shinya Yamanaka about how Japan could fall behind the United States in research on induced pluripotent stem cells.
Hochedlinger said Yamanaka would lead the competition in the short term. But he said many U.S. researchers would catch up with Yamanaka within a few years because U.S. research institutes have more abundant financial resources than their Japanese counterparts and many talented scientists from around the world conduct their work in the United States.

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