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US government admits exaggerating number of stem cell lines available

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 15 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:592
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The Bush administration conceded that only about 25 embryonic stem cell lines are fully developed, a sharp change from its earlier assertion that more than 60 such lines are available worldwide for federally funded research and ready for use.

    The concession came during testimony delivered by the secretary of health and human services, Tommy Thompson, before a congressional committee this week. In particular, Mr Thompson backed off earlier pronouncements that all 64 groups of cells were “robust, viable” embryonic stem cell lines.

    Instead, he said that the administration had identified “64 derivations” of which “24 or 25” are fully developed into usable cell lines. …

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