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US universities get round regulations on stem cell research

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1094
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Harvard University is the biggest, newest player to get around US government regulations saying that institutions that receive federal funding can carry out stem cell research only on 60 established stem cell lines. Harvard, together with other organisations, is circumventing the regulations by establishing institutions that use private funding for the research.

    Harvard has established an institute involving 14 of its schools and hospitals and nearly 100 researchers and scientists. The university aims to raise $100m (£56m; €84m) for the institute.

    Federal funding for stem cell research in the United States has been restricted since 2001, when President Bush said he was limiting research to 60 stem cell lines from embryos that had already been destroyed.

    He said, “Embryonic stem cell research is at the leading edge of a series of moral hazards.” …

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