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US National Institutes of Health issue guidelines on stem cell

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 10 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2804
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The US National Institutes of Health have released rules about the use of embryonic stem cell lines in research funded by the institutes. This follows Barack Obama’s decision in March to remove the ban introduced by the previous US president, George Bush, on using federal funds to support embryonic stem cell research (BMJ 2009;338:b1011, doi:10.1136/bmj.b1011).

    The rules state that the cells must come from embryos voluntarily donated for research with informed consent. They will come from donations of excess embryos by people treated at in vitro fertilisation clinics. The embryos would otherwise be discarded.

    Donors must be informed during the consent process that …

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