NIH Releases Draft Guidelines on Funds for Stem-Cell Research

USA“Following President Obama’s executive order last month overturning restrictions on federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells, the National Institutes of Health released draft guidelines today governing the ‘ethically responsible, scientifically worthy’ use of federal stem-cell dollars. Under the guidelines, federal funds may be spent on research involving human embryonic stem cells created for reproductive purposes, in what Raynard S. Kington, acting director of the NIH, called an ‘incredible opportunity for the scientific community’. But research using stem cells derived through other methods — including somatic-cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and in vitro fertilization solely for research purposes — will not be eligible for federal money …” (more)

[David Shieh, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 March]

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