NIH Approves First Human Embryonic Stem Cells

December 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)–The development of a new human embryonic stem cell policy by the National Institutes of Health, has resulted in the approval of 13 new stem cell lines, which can be used for experiments by federally funded scientists. The research using human stem cells, offers promising breakthroughs in finding cures for diseases, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and other conditions.

Under the Bush administration, biomedical research in the United States was limited by cumbersome restrictions limiting federally funded scientists to just a few deficient cell lines.

The new policy approved by the Obama administration, still bars federal funds from being used to create new cell lines, but federal funding will be allowed for experiments using a much larger array of lines. The stem cell lines can only be created from excess fertility clinic embryos under certain conditions and ethical guidelines.

American scientists are praising the new stem cell policy. NIH Director Francis Collins said, “This is a real change in the landscape. This is the first down payment on what is going to be a much longer list . . . that will empower the scientific community to explore the potential of embryonic stem cell research.”

Others, such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are condemning any use of human embryonic stem cells for research, arguing that the same research can be done on adult stem cells.

Another 20 cell lines will be submitted for approval on Friday, with an estimated 254 additional stem cells lines expected to be eventually approved. The NIH received a $10 billion grant from the economic stimulus bill, and has already authorized about $21 million in grants to fund 31 research projects on human embryonic stem cells.

Source


Comments

One Response to “NIH Approves First Human Embryonic Stem Cells”

  1. Cells Stem New | First new stem cell lines approved for funding under Obama guidelines | imacroautobots.com on December 3rd, 2009 7:49 am

    […] NIH Approves First Human Embryonic Stem Cells | ChattahBox News Blog(ChattahBox)–The development of a new human embryonic stem cell policy by the National Institutes of Health, has resulted in the approval of 13 new stem cell….[Read More] […]

Got something to say? **Please Note** - Comments may be edited for clarity or obscenity, and all comments are published at the discretion of ChattahBox.com - Comments are the opinions of the individuals leaving them, and not of ChattahBox.com or its partners. - Please do not spam or submit comments that use copyright materials, hearsay or are based on reports where the supposed fact or quote is not a matter of public knowledge are also not permitted.