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Health Agencies Update
December 19, 2001

NIH Stem Cell Registry Online

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JAMA. 2001;286(23):2934. doi:10.1001/jama.286.23.2934

Fulfilling a promise made earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health has made public its registry of human embryonic stem cell lines eligible for federal funding. The Web site (http://escr.nih.gov) provides details, where they are available, on 72 stem cell lines from 11 universities and companies in five countries. Researchers can also find grant application instructions.

The 72 lines are in various stages of preparation. Most are listed with little or no additional information. Many of these lines were derived from human embryos not long before the August 9, 2001, deadline set by President Bush.