When New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey signed a stem cell bill this week, the state became only the second in the United States—after California—to pass legislation specifically outlawing reproductive cloning and promoting human embryonic stem cell research. Scientists around the state hailed the law as a big step forward for their work.

“I am very excited about the pro-stem-cell-research bill signed by Governor McGreevey,” said Paola Leone, director of the Cell and Gene Therapy Center at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, NJ. The bill signals “the beginning of a new era of medical research in New Jersey,” she said.

“I think everybody who works on human embryonic stem cells would welcome this type of legislation,” said Ihor Lemischka, a professor of molecular biology at Princeton University, told The Scientist. “We don't have any current plans to move...

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