Senate okays expanded stem cell funding

In a largely symbolic victory for biomedical research, the Senate today (July 18) approved a linkurl:controversial bill;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23895/ (HR 810) to extend Federal research funding to newly derived human embryonic stem cells (hESC). The legislation faces a veto from President Bush, who opposes the expansion of funding on ethical grounds. Indeed, on Monday (July 17) the White House reaffirmed the president?s intention to veto the bill. After 12 hours of discussi

By | July 18, 2006

In a largely symbolic victory for biomedical research, the Senate today (July 18) approved a linkurl:controversial bill;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23895/ (HR 810) to extend Federal research funding to newly derived human embryonic stem cells (hESC). The legislation faces a veto from President Bush, who opposes the expansion of funding on ethical grounds. Indeed, on Monday (July 17) the White House reaffirmed the president?s intention to veto the bill. After 12 hours of discussion and debate that began Monday afternoon, the ?Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005? passed the Senate with wide bipartisan support by 63-37. While it passed by wide margins, there are likely not enough votes in either the House of Representatives or in the Senate to linkurl:over-ride a veto.;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23595/ The House, which originated and already passed the bill, is expected to an attempt a veto over-ride this week or next. If that effort fails, the bill is dead and would need to be reintroduced next year. The Senate also approved two less-contentious bills that the president supports, which direct the National Institutes of Health to support research into ways to derive hESCs without destroying human embryos (which the NIH already does) and prohibit trafficking human fetal tissue ?gestated for research purposes.? This information was contributed by reporter Ted Agres, who has been following the story. Look for expanded coverage of this issue in tomorrow's edition of The Scientist.

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