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Argument: Some scientists may be over-estimating the benefits in the broader field of stem cell research

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  • Fetal tissue research "has not lived up to its initial expectations", possibly making it a cautionary example against expectations that stem-cell research will deliver: President Bush's speech that initiated the restrictions on federal funding to embryonic stem cell research in 2001 - "While we're all hopeful about the potential of this research, no one can be certain that the science will live up to the hope it has generated....Eight years ago, scientists believed fetal tissue research offered great hope for cures and treatments -- yet, the progress to date has not lived up to its initial expectations."

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