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Stem Cell Bill's Bad (Or Providential?) Timing

Plus: Surgeon general nominee's Methodist work under fire, Time interviews Rowan Williams, church building conflicts, and other stories from online sources around the world.
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1. Embryonic stem cell bill passes House, but won't beat veto
When the U.S. House passed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act in January, it did so amid news that very week that amniotic stem cells "have many of the same traits as embryonic stem cells"—potentially making embryonic stem-cell research unnecessary.

This week, as the House again passed a similar version of the bill, scientists announced a similar breakthrough, this time using skin cells.

As Dave Weldon (R-Fla.), a physician, said on the House floor, "Science is going to move beyond this discussion."

2. Surgeon general nominee under fire for writings for United Methodist Church
Frank Lockwood, who occasionally freelances for CT, was the religion reporter who got that "worst in history" Jimmy Carter comment. Now he's the first to post excerpts from James Holsinger's 1991 report for the United Methodist Church's Committee to Study Homosexuality. Holsinger is now the nominee for U.S. surgeon general.

The key quote from Holsinger's ...

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