Ethics policy on embryonic stem cell studies frustrates researchers

03/14/2010 | Washington Post, The

Some scientists are complaining that ethical requirements set by the NIH are impeding research on embryonic stem cell lines despite President Barack Obama's decision to loosen funding restrictions on the field. Researchers are primarily concerned about wasting time on studies in the event that they are forced to switch to a new line if the lines they are using fail to meet the policy. The NIH, however, said the rules are intended to aid the transition to broader research without violating ethical boundaries.

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