Night of the Long Pipettes


Via reader Jeff Smith comes the news that Bush has changed the lineup on his Council on Bioethics. Unsurprisingly, he's gotten rid of one of the strongest supporters of therapeutic cloning.

From the Reuters version of the story:

President Bush reshuffled his advisory council on cloning and related medical issues on Friday, adding a prominent neurosurgeon known for his work on conjoined twins and two conservatives who have spoken out strongly against cloning.

He replaced one of the most prominent scientists on his Council on Bioethics, cell biology expert Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California San Francisco. The Australian- born Blackburn has spoken in favor of so-called therapeutic cloning in which cloning technology is used for medical and biological research.

Whole thing here.

Read Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey's take on the original lineup here.