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The Pyrenean ibex, an impressive mountain goat that lived in the central Pyrenees in Spain, went extinct in 2000. But a...
Tight budgets are forcing NASA to consider turning off one or more planetary science projects that have completed their...
Ebola is not a stranger to West Africa—an outbreak in the 1990s killed chimpanzees and sickened one researcher. But the...
In an as-yet-unpublished report, an international panel of geoscientists has concluded that a pair of deadly...
Tropical disease experts tried and failed before to eradicate yaws, a rare disfiguring disease of poor countries. Now,...
Since 2002, researchers have reported that agricultural communities in the hot and humid Pacific Coast of Central...
Balkan endemic kidney disease surfaced in the 1950s and for decades defied attempts to finger the cause. It occurred...
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21 September 2009 11:40 am
The National Institutes of Health took a step today toward facilitating the new Administration policy on use of human embryonic stem cells, opening a Web site where NIH-funded scientists can fill out a form requesting approval for the use of particular cell lines.
Scientists have potentially hundreds of lines available to them now that President Obama has thrown out the restrictive Bush-era policy.
NIH Director Francis Collins also announced the formation of a work group of scientists, lawyers, and ethicists to review whether stem cell lines are eligible for federal funding under new guidelines issued in July. Chairman of the group is Jeffrey R. Botkin, pediatrics professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Collins will make the final decision regarding the eligibility of cells. They will then be listed on the NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry.