NIH accepting embryonic stem cell line applications
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 5, 2009
The National Institutes of Health announced in September that it is accepting applications for human embryonic stem cell lines to be approved for use in NIH-funded research projects. The announcement came on the heels of July guidelines that allow federal funding of stem cell lines derived from excess embryos that are retrieved from in vitro fertilization treatments and otherwise would have been discarded.
The NIH also said a working group of legal, medical and ethical experts will evaluate whether the applications adhere to the agency's guidelines, which were published pursuant to an executive order from President Obama. The guidelines do not allow for funding of stem cell lines that could be derived from somatic cell nuclear transfer, also known as research cloning. The guidelines are available at the NIH Web site (link).
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/10/05/prbf1005.htm.