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Stem Cell Stutter

On Tuesday, as he announced a $20 million proposal for stem cell research, Gov. Bob Ehrlich's communicatons director told reporters "The governor will have no restrictions on the use of this money. He's never been troubled by the ethical challenges of stem cell research."

The next day, another administration official allowed as how the state could well avoid the controversial practice of using cells derived from embryos, a practice that troubles many social conservatives.

"I think there are other ways to solve the problem," including the use of adult stem cells for the research, science adviser Chris Foster, told The Baltimore Sun.

Thursday, Foster had changed his tune. "All proposals... including proposals for embryonic stem cell research" would be given consideration.

"I retract any statements that I made to the contrary," Foster, deputy secretary for the state Department of Business and Economic Development, said in a statement.

Glad that's cleared up.

John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  January 12, 2006; 5:02 PM ET
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