Sen. Boxer tours stem cell center

While at UC Irvine's facility, she says that federal policy on stem cell research should mirror California's.
By Michael Miller
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UC IRVINE — U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer visited the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center on Thursday morning to tour the facilities and encourage scientists to continue their work in the face of federal opposition.

Boxer, an avid supporter of stem cell research, told a crowd of several dozen students, staffers and reporters that the controversial practice was essential to finding cures for human diseases. The Bush administration, she said, favors politics over science in putting limits on available stem cells, and she praised California's efforts to fund and support embryonic research. The state Supreme Court recently gave clearance to a $3-billion stem cell research effort.

"Our federal policy is unacceptable," Boxer said. "Californians have voted to say that."