Stem cell research guidelines to have political ramifications

04/27/2005 | · Science Daily Magazine

The National Academy of Sciences' ethical guidelines for research using stem cells from human embryos may have more significance in political than scientific circles, according to experts. The NAS stepped in with guidelines to fill a vacuum left by the U.S. government, which limits public funds to a limited narrow group of embryonic stem cell lines as a compromise between competing political forces. A leading ethicist said the guidelines would make Congress more comfortable about funding future research using embryonic stem cells.

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