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2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 11, 2005

LONDON
Continued from page 1
such a connection so far.
Only a single day after these attacks, it seems that
London's pulse has regained some regularity. While
Queen Elizabeth II requested flags fly at half mast,
residents and tourists are back on the street and back
in the tube.
Affected areas have been taped off, and some of
the train lines are under repair, but Londoners are
not afraid to continue using most trains. Buses are
operating and people are on the streets.
Erika Blume, a German who now lives in East Lon-
don, said that she sympathizes with the.families who
suffer from injury or loss, but recognizes that all life
in London can not and will not cease to move on.
"I feel sad for the families of those that have been
hurt and killed, but after the attacks, my friends and
I, we ask 'are you OK?' and we are, so we go on. It's
what's best to do," Blume said.
The Daily Telegraph reported that former New
York City mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, who was in Lon-
don at the time of the bombings was impressed by

Londoners conduct.
"As we were walking through the streets of the
city it was remarkable how the people of London
responded calmly and bravely," Giuliani said to the
Telegraph.
Many London residents feel the same way as the
former mayor.
"Most people are back to normal," said Simon
Hankin, "We've had this before with the IRA."
Hankin, a 28-year-old raised in London, normally
takes the Picadilly tube line through Russell Square
and into King's Cross. But because of rain, the trains
were crowded, Hankin said, so he decided to walk
to work. Had he taken the tube, Hankin believes he
would have been near the explosion.
"It's always a shock to see this go on, but we've
had Irish terrorism for five, 10 years - not prop-
erly on your doorstep - but I remember growing up
myself, and everyone growing up with bombs going
off around them," Hankin said. "There's always that
feeling that something's gonna happen, so you know,
you gotta crack on as per usual, like today. Straight
back in, straight back to work, straight back into
classes."

PESICK
Continued from page 1
tive cloning from 10 years in prison
to 15, Meisner said. Somatic nuclear
transfer is the process of transfer-
ring the nucleus of a patient's body
cell into an embryonic stem cell in
order to treat the patient. The process
is only illegal in four other states:
North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa
and Arkansas.
Last year, Bill Ballenger of Inside
Michigan Politics conducted a poll
that found substantial support for
embryonic stem-cell research (73
percent) among Michigan voters. He
told me that following the release of
the results, Meisner began seeking
support from Granholm - even space
for the issue in her State of the State
address - and other state leaders for
changing Michigan's laws.
Embryonic stem-cell research
didn't make it into the governor's
February address. Support for life-
sciences research, though, did. In
the speech, Granholm said: "We
will build the best laboratories and
bring and grow the best scientists
and researchers in Michigan." In
the address, she also promoted a $2
billion bond proposal to reinvigo-
rate the state's economy, in part by
increasing the size of the state's life-
sciences sector.
She didn't mention that, in addition
to not taking a stance on embryonic
stem-cell research, she has sliced in half
the state's annual funding for the Life
Sciences Corridor (explain what this
is) and distributed it among research
programs in homeland security and
advanced automotive technology.

In a message titled "Why I Sup-
port Research with Human Embry-
onic Stem Cells" that is posted on
University health system's website
but locked to the public, Robert
Kelch, the University's executive vice
president for medical affairs, points
out this contradiction: "It's incon-
sistent to say we have aspirations of
becoming a leading state in life sci-
ences research, and then prohibit the
development of new lines of human
embryonic stem cells."
Kelch has to be nervous about the
implications of the current laws for
the University, with a leading stem-
cell researcher, Medical School Prof.
Michael Clarke, leaving the Univer-
sity in the fall for Stanford University.
And if you think that's an isolated
incident, you're fooling yourself.
Kathy Sue O'Shea, the head of the
University's stem-cell center, knows
what the future holds if the restric-
tions aren't loosened: "You bet people
are gonna move."
Keich's statement is right on the
mark. It's not good policy to try to
make life sciences a prominent part of
the state's economy while not creating
an economic and legal environment
that is at least not hostile to the hottest
area of life-sciences research.
Granholm, whom Michigan vot-
ers elected to lead the ailing state, is
putting politics before good policy.
That's nothing new for her, but at
some point, if she keeps govern-
ing with her finger to the wind, the
result will make her political out-
look very grim.
Pesick can be reached ai
pesick@michigandaily.com

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