Innovation and research in science and technology not only helps drive economic growth, but can also provide life-saving medical breakthroughs and therapies. Rick remains a strong supporter of adult stem cell research. Scientists hope that stem cell research will provide new cures to diseases that have plagued our society for years. Studies indicate that adult stem cell research is both safer and more promising than controversial embryonic stem cell research. Rick continues to promote Missouri as a research and economic headquarters for adult stem cell research.