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Stem Cells: A Tale of Two Scientists

In the last of three reports on the contrast between embryonic stem-cell research in Britain and the United States, NPR's Joe Palca talks to a British scientist who does research in Madison, Wis., and an American scientist who does research in Cambridge, England. The Brit, Clive Svendsen, says he likes the energetic, can-do attitude in America and predicts that American practicality and private funding will offset the uncertainties surrounding embryonic stem cell research in the United States. The Yank, Roger Pedersen, was attracted to Cambridge by Britain's government funding and broad public support for medical research on human embryos. It's research that might lead to treatments for diseases such as Parkinson's and diabetes.

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Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.