The US Senate dropped language from a bill yesterday that would have directed federal money to research on stem cell lines derived before June 15, 2007, the linkurl:Chronicle of Higher Education; reported. The move was made in hopes to avert a presidential veto over the stem cell provision. The language was part of a Senate Appropriations Committee budget measure for 2008, proposed in June of this year, which would allow research on 400 lines of stem cells derived in private academic and independent laboratories. The $152 billion spending bill also includes provisions for the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. Word is that the president -- as he has in the linkurl:past; -- may still veto the bill, despite the removal of the stem cell language, because of the high level of spending. "We wanted to show that we are willing to compromise," said Sen. Tom Harkin, democrat...

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