Stem Cells

STEM CELLS….“Lie” is such an ugly word, but Chris Mooney reminds us today that George Bush was seriously, um, bending the truth back in 2001 during his famous stem cell speech. Here’s what he said:

As a result of private research, more than 60 genetically diverse stem cell lines already exist. They were created from embryos that have already been destroyed, and they have the ability to regenerate themselves indefinitely, creating ongoing opportunities for research.

But as Timothy Noah points out in Slate, at the time Bush made this statement the actual number of usable stem cell lines was….one.

At least it wasn’t zero. That means he was closer to the truth with stem cells than he was with Iraq’s WMD….