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Medical News & Perspectives
July 4, 2001

Seeding the World With Stem Cells

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JAMA. 2001;286(1):33-34. doi:10.1001/jama.286.1.33-JMN0704-2-1

Washington—An Australian team offering embryonic stem cells to academic researchers says that they have been flooded with requests since announcing their plan this spring. More than 50 researchers from across the globe have asked for cells from the team at Monash University in Melbourne, led by Alan Trounson, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

The altruistic act is meant to jump-start research that has taken a hit from the uncertain status of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, said Trounson's colleague, Martin Pera, PhD. "From the beginning, we've had the view that widespread dissemination [of stem cells] to the academic community at large is essential," said Pera.