By Andrew Cluley
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor officials hope overturning the state's ban on embryonic stem cell research will help spur economic development.
City council voted Monday night to support bills in the state house to lift criminal sanctions against such research.
Council memeber Leigh Greden says the state's restrictions are more severe than federal laws and those of most other states.
He says the bills have bi-partisan support in the state house, but face opposition in the Republican-controlled state senate.
Greden says polls show a majority of Michigan residents support embryonic stem cell research.