Cells obtained from an embryo in the blastula phase, when they are still only a few days old. Because they have only begun to differentiate, these cells have the capability of developing into any cell in the human body, a fact which makes them potentially important in medicine. (See stem cell.)
Both Obama and McCain supported federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
The 2012 Republican Platform still states definitively: “We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.”
Majorities among voters and in Congress support federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, oppose the repeal of Roe.vs.
Bush blocked federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and advocated teaching intelligent design along with evolution.
The one-legged Vietnam vet is serving as chairman of the Senate committee overseeing the embryonic stem cell Bill.