Thirteen human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines have received approval for use in federally funded research, with the promise of more to come as soon as this Friday, linkurl:the National Institutes of Health announced; today (December 2).
Human embryonic stem cells
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Nissim Benvenisty
"This is a significant day," NIH director Francis Collins said at a teleconference. "These [new lines] now becoming available we believe will speed up the process of investigating ways in which this remarkable new area of developmental biology can be explored." Eleven of the 13 approved lines come from linkurl:George Daley's; lab at the Children's Hospital in Boston; the other two were derived at The Rockefeller University by linkurl:Ali Brivanlou.; None of the 13 lines were approved for federal funding under the Bush administration. "We are fortunate to be among the first listed," said Daley, who attributes this feat primarily to the timing of...

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