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Democrats push for stem cell research in US

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 18 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:112
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The US House of Representatives, controlled since the November elections by the Democrats, has passed a bill allowing embryonic stem cell research using unwanted, donated frozen embryos from fertility clinics. The Senate is expected to pass the bill in the next few weeks.

    Democrats and Republicans voted to pass the bill. Polls have shown that most Americans favour stem cell research, which may hold cures for Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer's disease, and other disorders.

    “The Administration strongly opposes House passage of HR3 [the bill], which would use federal …

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