Friday, September 15, 2006

Stem Cell Research Regulations Up Next Week -- But Not CIRM's

Regulations for California embryonic stem cell research that is not funded by CIRM are the topic at a meeting next Wednesday by advisory panel to the state Department of Health Services.

The group has been working since last winter on the proposals as the legislature debated and passed related legislation (SB1260) by Sen.Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento. That bill is now before governor for his signature or veto.

The meeting is in Oakland but the committee has created a toll-free conference line that is available to members of the public who wish to participate wherever their geographic location, a move to be commended.

For those of you who think it is odd that there are two sets of rules for stem cell research in California, that is a function of the initiative process that created the stem cell agency. It is governed by the provisions of Prop. 71, which did not undergo the normal legislative process and which is virtually untouchable by the legislature or the governor. ESC research not funded by CIRM is governed by a state law that was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.

Transcripts and minutes of previous meetings can be found here.

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