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US president and Congress set to clash over stem cell research

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 02 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1285
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    The US House of Representatives passed a bill last week to increase funding for research on embryonic stem cells. The research would use frozen leftover embryos voluntarily donated by couples who no longer needed them for fertility treatment.

    The move challenges President George Bush, who restricted federal funding for stem cell research to lines in existence before 9 August 2001. Scientists say that few lines from before this date remain, and they may be contaminated, limiting US research (BMJ 2005;330: 214

    The president, who has never used his veto before, has said that he would veto federal legislation to fund …

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