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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Dueling stem cell ads

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2006 at 5:52 PM

By now you probably know about the commercial recorded by actor Michael J. Fox in behalf of Democratic U.S. Senate candidates, including Claire McCaskill, who is challenging Republican incumbent Jim Talent in Missouri.

It's an affecting ad, because Fox is showing the physical effects of Parkinson's disease, a degenerative disorder of the nervous system. (Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh accused Fox of "acting" or intentionally not taking his medicine to exaggerate the tremors characteristic of Parkinson's. Limbaugh has since apologized -- sort of.)

Fox is supporting McCaskill because she supports allowing stem-cell research, which scientists think could lead to a cure to diseases like Parkinson's. Talent voted against allowing it.

Now comes word that St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan, who is starting tonight in Game 4 of the World Series, recorded a commercial urging Missouri residents to vote against a state constitutional amendment on the general election ballot that would allow stem-cell research.

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