Last week, a federal judge ruled that federally funded research on human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) is legal. The decision in Sherley v. Sebelius ends 11 months of uncertainty about whether hESC research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would suddenly be shut down. It also caps a decade of ups and downs with stem cell policy that began on 9 August 2001 when President George W. Bush announced that NIH would fund research on hESCs--albeit only on existing cell lines.
Join us at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 4 August, for a live chat to discuss what's next with Sherley v. Sebelius and what it's like to work in a research field where the rules are always changing. Feel free to leave questions in the box below before the chat begins.
Hank Greely is a professor at Stanford University Law School. He specializes in the ethical, social and legal implications of biomedical technologies in areas that include neuroscience, genetics and stem cell research. He is chair of California's Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee.
Amander Clark is a stem cell researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in anatomy and cell biology at the University of Melbourne in Australia in 1999. She received postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine in mouse genetics, and at the University of California, San Francisco, in human embryonic stem cell research.