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Arizona has one of the most conservative legislative bodies in the nation, and this conservative control is reflected in the state’s restrictive stem cell law that prohibits destructive human embryonic stem cell research and bans public funding for embryonic stem cell research. The law is widely attributed to the influence of the Center for Arizona Policy, an evangelical Christian organization that boasts having successfully lobbied for the passage of more than 120 bills, including several related to stem cell issues. Confronted with these restrictive measures, stem cell researchers in the state have continued their work by focusing on adult stem cells or stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood.

The Center for Arizona Policy

Despite the fact that Arizona voters are fairly evenly divided among Republicans (36 ...

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