United States needs to be leader in science

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Posted: Friday, September 02, 2005

Since the dawn of the technological age, the United States has been on the cutting edge.

From Thomas Edison’s inventions through the space and nuclear races, few nations have been able to compete with good old American ingenuity. Even as far back as Eli Whitney’s cotton gin and Robert Fulton’s work with steam engines, American science had few rivals.

In the new global scheme, however, the United States is losing ground. This not only creates a loss of our place as inventors, but also a loss of our place as ethical leaders in an increasingly controversial scientific world.

Ethical leadership is vitally important as the world moves into areas such as cloning and stem-cell research. ...

If the United States is to maintain its position not only as a military superpower but as a technological leader, scientific innovation must be encouraged at the highest levels.

— Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo.

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