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Nancy Reagan tackles Bush on stem cells
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Former president's wife to make public plea in support of extending research to include embryos

Nancy Reagan, the wife of the former president Ronald Reagan, is to make a public plea in favour of embryonic stem cell research in a growing bid to force the issue to the top of the agenda in a presidential election year.

Mrs Reagan will deliver a speech on the subject at a Beverley Hills fundraiser sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation this weekend.

While Mrs Reagan, whose husband has Alzheimer's disease, has never publicly contradicted Republican presidents while in office, she has made known her views on the subject and her disappointment with the current administration's policy.

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While he was contemplating the issue three years ago, Mr Bush was contacted by Mrs Reagan saying she hoped he would do what he could to spare other families what hers had suffered and this could be a great part of her husband's legacy.

Michael J Fox, who has Parkinson's disease and runs a foundation promoting stem cell research, will present Mrs Reagan with an award at this weekend's function.

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