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Capitol Health Call
May 11, 2005

Stem Cell Debate

JAMA. 2005;293(18):2204. doi:10.1001/jama.293.18.2204-b

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 poor quality.

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