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Medical News & Perspectives
March 5, 2003

Effort Launched to Study Stem Cell Lines, Train Researchers How to Nurture Them

JAMA. 2003;289(9):1092. doi:10.1001/jama.289.9.1092

Bethesda, Md—A year and a half after President Bush announced his decision to permit federal funding for some human embryonic stem cell research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has disbursed $25 million to universities and launched an on-campus effort to describe and standardize various cell lineages.

An NIH stem cell registry now lists nine lines of "distribution quality" cells available to researchers: five from ES Cell International, Brisbane, Australia; two from WiCell Research Institute, Madison, Wis; one from BresaGen Inc, Atlanta, Ga; and one from the University of California, San Francisco. Such cell lines have been tested for specific markers and shown to grow into somatic cells in vitro.