Monday, March 23, 2009

On Whale and Human research

Australia urges nonlethal whale research
Associated Press
First Posted 15:56:00 03/23/2009

SYDNEY: Whale research can and should be done without killing the marine mammals, Australia's environment minister said Monday, taking a swipe at Japan's annual whale hunt as he opened an international workshop on whale study....Garrett said modern technology, including satellite tagging and aerial and acoustic surveys offered nonlethal methods for scientists to carry out research on whales...

(Emphasis mine. Meanwhile...)

Australian researcher hails lifting of stem cell ban

A leading Australian researcher has welcomed the decision by US President Barack Obama to lift the US ban on embryonic stem cell research.

Professor Peter Gunning, from the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales, says lifting the ban is vital for research to move forward.[but]...Australian laws still provide greater opportunities for [ESCR] researchers...