National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins linkurl:approved 27 more human embryonic stem cell lines; as eligible for federal funding on Monday, bringing the total number of new lines to 40 -- almost double the number of previously okayed lines under the administration of former President George W. Bush.
Human embryonic stem cells
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Nissim Benvenisty
"I am hopeful that this will be an important boost to the healing work envisioned by the National Institutes of Health in its support of this field of research," Collins said in a statement. However, Collins has limited the federal funding of these lines to the use specifically stated on the consent forms: diabetes-related pancreatic research. The move came after a committee advising the NIH director linkurl:recommended that 27 of 28 lines; -- all part of a single submission from Harvard University -- be approved with such limitations. Consent for the...

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