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US government to open national bank of “approved” embryonic stem cells

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:190
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will accelerate stem cell research by establishing centres of excellence in translational stem cell research and a national embryonic stem cell bank using stem cells lines derived before 9 August 2001.

    Scientists said the announcement was window dressing to appease political conservatives.

    Stem cell research hit the front pages in May when Nancy Reagan, wife of former president Ronald Reagan, said she believed such research could lead to a cure for Alzheimer's disease, which killed her husband.

    A child with type 1 diabetes, who was put forward as an example of someone whom stem cell research might help, appeared at a Senate hearing recently and testified that stem cell research might cure her condition.

    Since 2001, …

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