House passes stem cell research bill

On January 11, the House of Representatives passed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (H.R. 3) by a vote of 253 - 174. This bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct and support research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells, regardless of the date on which the stem cells were derived from a human embryo. It also places limits on such research based on ethical requirements.

Looks like the Democrats are trying to get things moving again. You may remember that the House passed a number of such bills last year, but none of them made it through the Senate. I'll keep following the progress. You can always make your own opinion known -- whether you support stem cell research in general, or wish to place limitations -- by writing or calling your representatives in Congress.

Click here to learn more about this legislation, and type "H.R. 3" in the bill number search box.

Marie Godfrey, PhD

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