Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates contributed $400,000 to the campaign backing a California ballot measure that would make billions of dollars available for human embryonic stem cell research and cloning projects in the state, according to campaign records.
Gates is the latest billionaire to contribute to a campaign that has amassed more than $12 million in support of Proposition 71, which would have the state borrow $3 billion to fund the controversial research over 10 years.
Cloning projects solely for research would be funded, but cloning programs to create babies would be barred.
I really wish that instead of money that Bill Gates would have donated software instead to embryonic stem-cell researches. With all the crashes, "blue screens of death", and installing yet another security patch they could never get around to actually killing embryos for research.
…Stem cells are harvested from days-old embryos, which are destroyed in the process. That’s why many conservative groups, including the Roman Catholic Church, oppose the research.
Stem cells were first discovered in 1997 and even the research’s most enthusiastic supporters concede that medicines created with stem cells are still many years away. (source)
Well that last statement isn’t quite true. What they meant to say was that medicines from embryonic stem-cell research are many years.
The graphic at www.stemcellreseach.org says it all.