President George W. Bush announced on Aug. 9 in a nationally televised address to the nation that he had decided to restrict public funding for embryonic stem cell research to only those cell lines already in existence as of that day. He said at the time that there were 60 cell lines in existence around the world and that these should prove adequate to allow embryonic stem cell research to proceed (See also, "Stem Cells: Steady Momentum for Funding"). He also made it very clear that he would oppose any research that required the destruction of embryos or any research on embryos actually being disposed of at infertility clinics in the United States. In essence his position was there are 60 stem cells lines already in existence that have been created from human embryos that already have been destroyed. He regretted the destruction of those embryos, but what was...
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