For the first time since the linkurl:National Institutes of Health;http://www.nih.gov/ released its new guidelines for the derivation of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines last summer, a line approved under the Bush administration has been recommended for inclusion into the growing federal registry of lines eligible for federal funding.
Submitted by the WiCell Research Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, the WA01 (commonly known as H1) stem cell line "is one of the most utilized lines in the world," NIH director Francis Collins said at a press conference this morning (January 22). It is linkurl:one of two lines;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55885/ that that accounted for more than 75% of hESC requests received by the National Stem Cell Bank in the last 10 years and was used in 60.9% of the published literature on hESCs, according to a linkurl:survey published;http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v27/n8/full/nbt0809-696.html in the August issue of Nature Biotechnology....
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