H.B. 810 "dies" in U.S. Senate

HB 810 passed by the House to lift some restrictions on embryonic stem cell research--specifically to allow use of embryos created by in vitro fertilization and otherwise intended for destruction--will not be discussed in the Senate. Although some of the other dozen or so other bills related to stem cell research (both embryonic and adult cells) could still be discussed, it is unlikely this will happen with the current time limitations. Meanwhile, the United Nations called this week for countries to decide what they will and won't do in terms of stem cell research. As far as I can tell from reading the news releases, the UN does not recommend or prohibit specific types of research, but suggests that countries of the world decide what is appropriate for their country before someone else in the world does that for them. Marie Godfrey, PhD
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