Pro-Life Groups Welcome Geron Corp's Refocus

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Christian groups are elated about one company's recent decision to stop its embryonic stem cell research.

The California-based Geron Corporation was a pioneer in embryonic research and was considered by some to be the leader in that field.

The company announced on Nov. 14 that it was giving up stem cell research for financial reasons. The company said it was focusing its research on cancer drugs.

Geron also said it was cutting 66 full-time positions or 38 percent of its work force.

Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, says investors are realizing stem cell research does not need to involve the sacrifice of human life.

"This is good news for those who appreciate the science behind stem cell research," Yoest said.

"Life saving treatments have come from adult stem cell research, a moral good coming from a person's own stem cells. But research in which unborn children are cannibalized for stem cells destroys life and has proved to be ineffective," she explained.

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