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Front Page: Iran, Stem Cells, and Michigan

  • In what the White House is calling the "centerpiece" of President Bush's trip to the Middle East, a speech given in the United Arab Emirates, Bush called for united action against Iran. In the speech, Bush criticized Iran's secrecy surrounding its nuclear weapons capabilities and stated, "Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terror." Bush then called for a joint effort to "confront this danger before it is too late."
  • A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota used cells from a baby rat and a dead rat's heart to grow a new beating heart. Researchers hope that this discovery will allow scientists to be able to grow a human heart using stem cells from human bone marrow with a cadaver heart as a template. Head researcher Dr. Doris A. Taylor said this “opens the door to this notion that you can make any organ: kidney, liver, lung, pancreas — you name it and we hope we can make it.”
  • Republican presidential hopefuls are in Michigan today, preparing for their primary tomorrow. For the Democrats, no delegates will be awarded. A reflection of current worries nationwide about the US economy, Michigan's high unemployment rate has been the centerpiece of the candidates' attention. John McCain said, "If I'm president of the United States I will not rest until Michigan is back . . . I will bring it back with your help."
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