Why is stem cell research such a big fucking deal to those in power, particularly right-wing Republicans? I am not particularly prone to paranoia and illusions of shadowy figures running the government, but what would happen if we could find cures for some of the diseases that ail us? What if Diabetes were cured for instance? It would severely hurt pharmaceutical companies, since they are not in business to find CURES for diseases. They are in business to TREAT sickness and disease, not to get rid of it completely.