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Capitol Health Call
February 14, 2007

Stem Cell Legislation

JAMA. 2007;297(6):581. doi:10.1001/jama.297.6.581-b

Will a new Congress make a difference when it comes to getting stem cell research legislation passed into law? Supporters hope so.

On January 11, the House, by a 253-174 margin, passed a bill that would amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research. A similar bill was introduced in the Senate. The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (HR 3 and S 5 [http://thomas.loc.gov]) is identical to the bill passed in the previous Congress last year and vetoed by President George W. Bush (the only veto in his presidency). These bills would make available multiple stem cell lines for use in federally funded medical research.