December 2nd, 2009
06:39 PM ET
11 months ago

NIH announces approval of stem cell line funding

Washington (CNN) - Thirteen new human embryonic stem cell lines have been approved for use in federally funded research - the first to be approved under an executive order from President Obama - the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday.

Under the administration of President George W. Bush, federal funding for such research was limited to cell lines created before August 2001. Obama issued an executive order in March repealing that policy and ordering the NIH to adopt guidelines for the creation of new stem cell lines and their use.

"I am happy to say that we now have human embryonic stem cell lines eligible for use by our research community under our new stem cell policy," said NIH Director Francis Collins. "In accordance with the guidelines, these stem cell lines were derived from embryos that were donated under ethically sound informed consent processes. More lines are under review now, and we anticipate continuing to expand this list of responsibly derived lines eligible for NIH funding."

The NIH said 11 stem cell lines from a lab at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, qualify for federal funding, as do two lines developed at New York's Rockefeller University.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Finally we have stopped equating a blastocyst with a human being...

    December 2, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Squigman

    There's a special place in hell for the two jerks in this photo.

    December 2, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Matt

    I'm grateful we have people who will listen to science over religious drivel in office now. I'm an independent but the religious zealotry on the right really puts me off to the point I don't see every voting for them for the executive branch of government. It would be nice to see more open atheists in office.

    December 2, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. m smith

    one of the best thing president Obama has done for the people of this country.

    December 2, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. mjm

    Good. Maybe they can grow the Dems a new "set" that would allow them to say no to spending trillions for a change.

    December 2, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. charlie in Maine

    Thank God for their ability (and now permission) to do this.

    December 2, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. JES

    Acting like god again.

    December 2, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |