For the first time, federally funded scientists will be allowed to conduct research on pluripotent stem cells derived from human embryos, an event hailed by researchers and health advocacy groups as an important step in hastening work that may lead to treatments for a number of devastating diseases.
Nearly a year after a draft of proposed regulations for such research was made available for public comment, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has unveiled long-awaited guidelines that describe in detail the scientific and ethical criteria that research proposals must meet to receive government funds.
New guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health would allow federally funded scientists to carry out research with human embryonic stem cells. (Photo credit: Jeff Miller/UW–Madison)
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