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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Re-Writing Stem Cell History

Washington Post Staff Writer Rob Stein reports:
At the National Institutes of Health, officials have started drafting guidelines they will need to start funding human embryonic stem cell research that has been off-limits for nearly eight years.

Well, sort of. In fact federal funding for embryonic stem cell research has - I believe - always been off-limits. The Bush administration allowed research on a small group of stem cell lines, in effect starting government funding of embryonic stem cell research. I'm pretty sure that previously (as in, during the Clinton administration) there was no federal funding of embryonic stem cell research allowed at all.