University of Florida denies Jeb Bush an honourary degree

This week, outside the Western "bubble" on campuses around the world...

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

This week, outside the Western “bubble” on campuses around the world...

U.K. " Three teams of British scientists have reopened a controversial debate by applying for licenses to experiment with interspecies cloning.

The Associated Press reports scientists have run into problems with supply for human embryos. The embryos are used to study genetic causes of disease and to design personalized medicines. Scientists complain there is a nearly non-existent supply of human embryos.

Scientists propose fusing DNA from diseased patients with cow eggs. The idea is to have the DNA trigger development in the eggs. After five days growth, the embryos will be destroyed and stem cells extracted.

In the U.K, researchers require a government license to work with human embryonic stem cells. Government licenses aren’t required in the U.S.

Massachusetts " Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire, will receive an honourary degree from Harvard University in June.

According to The Associated Press, Gates, who dropped out of Harvard 32 years ago, will deliver the keynote address at Harvard’s 356th commencement.

Gates created the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 with his wife. It’s the world’s largest philanthropic organization.

Florida " The University of Florida’s faculty senate voted to deny former Florida Governor Jeb Bush an honourary degree.

The Associated Press said the senate voted 38-28 last Thursday against giving Bush the degree. University officials couldn’t recall any precedent for the senate rejecting a nominee put forward by the faculty senate’s honorary degrees, distinguished alumnus awards and memorials committee.

University of Florida president Bernie Machen said he was “tremendously disappointed” with the decision.

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