Following the recent introduction of bills in the House and in the Senate
that would allow federal funding for more stem cell lines, House Republican
leaders have approved a floor debate and vote on the issue that is expected
to occur sometime in the next few months.
In addition, several institute directors at the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) gave written comments and testimonies of their disapproval
of federal restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research, stating that
the current policy is overly restrictive and is delaying scientific progress.
Federally funded scientists are currently limited to using embryonic stem
cell lines generated before 2001, cell lines many researchers consider of
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