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Tiny Delaware, 49th among the 50 states in the United States in land area and with a population below 1 million, has been the site of some of the most hotly debated battles over stem cell research. Both sides claim victories, but as of 2014, changes have been limited. The state continues to encourage biotechnological research, including stem cell research, through the award-winning Delaware Technology Park and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute where state government, academic institutions, and industry collaborate to advance science and the state’s economic interests.

Legislative Battles

In 2005, Senate Bill 80 was introduced in the Delaware legislature. The bill, cosponsored by Representative Deborah D. Hudson, a centrist Republican, and Senator Robert L. Venables, a conservative Democrat, had been crafted with the approval of the ...

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