US Senate leader gives support to expanded stem cell research

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 04 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:307
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    In a surprising move the leader of the Republican Senate majority, Bill Frist, broke with President Bush last week and said he would support federal funding for research using stem cells from leftover embryos donated by couples who had completed their infertility treatment.

    The president had limited federal funds to stem cell lines in existence on 9 August 2001. However, Dr Frist noted, only 22 lines are now available, and they are becoming less stable and may all be contaminated (BMJ 2005;330: 1285).

    Since federal money was not available several states have provided funds for stem cell research. Voters in …

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