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Capitol Health Call
October 8, 2003

Project BioShield on Track

JAMA. 2003;290(14):1844. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1844-a

The President's Commission on Bioethics is set to recommend federal funding for studying the health of children born via assisted reproductive technology (ART), such as in vitro fertilization.

At a September meeting, the 15-member panel, which is deeply divided over federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, came together to support chairman Leon Kass, PhD, in his desire to understand what health effects, if any, linger in children born via ART. The draft recommendations endorsed by the panel, which was formed by President Bush in 2001, also call for studies of women who had children via ART.

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