Monday, October 12, 2009

Congressional Bill on hESC Research

A Colorado congresswoman is planning to introduce legislation to codify the president's executive order permitting federal funds to be used for human embryonic stem cell research and to require periodic review of NIH research guidelines.

The Washington Post reported during the weekend:
“Usually, couples who go to in vitro fertilization clinics create more embryos than will be implanted. The remainder are either destroyed or frozen. The NIH regulations and the bill would allow couples to donate their embryos for research as long as they are fully informed of their choices and they are not compensated for the embryos. The guidelines give donors the ability to change their minds 'until the embryos were actually used.'"
The newspaper continued:
“Congress already prohibits federal funding for collecting stem cell lines from human embryos, which are destroyed in the process. But the NIH rules make it clear that taxpayer money will not be used on lines from embryos created solely for research.”
Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., plans to introduce the measure soon, according to the Post. The CIRM Standards Working Group meets this morning to consider revising California regulations to achieve consistency with federal rules. Sphere: Related Content

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