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Kansas has proved to be a battleground state on the issue of stem cell research. Although 41.7% of Kansans self-identify as conservative, direct attempts to ban certain forms of stem cell research in the state legislature have been ineffectual, as have opposing bills to support embryonic stem cell research. The controversy continues, but opponents of embryonic stem cell research have found less direct means to see it prevented. While the morality of stem cell research has been debated, Kansas legislators of both political parties have supported efforts to see Kansas claim its share of biotechnology business. Beginning with the Kansas Economic Growth Act in 2004, Kansas has sought to use legislature to ensure that the state is competitive in this emerging field. In 2013, Governor ...

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