Bethesda, Md—A year and a half after
President Bush announced his decision to permit federal funding for some human
embryonic stem cell research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has
disbursed $25 million to universities and launched an on-campus effort to
describe and standardize various cell lineages.
An NIH stem cell registry now lists nine lines of "distribution quality"
cells available to researchers: five from ES Cell International, Brisbane,
Australia; two from WiCell Research Institute, Madison, Wis; one from BresaGen
Inc, Atlanta, Ga; and one from the University of California, San Francisco.
Such cell lines have been tested for specific markers and shown to grow into
somatic cells in vitro.
Vastag B. Effort Launched to Study Stem Cell Lines, Train Researchers How to Nurture Them. JAMA. 2003;289(9):1092. doi:10.1001/jama.289.9.1092