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NIH Is Ready for Your Human Embryonic Stem Cell Line Approval Requests

The National Institutes of Health announced the launch of a new website this morning where researchers can submit approval requests for human embryonic stem cell lines. Accepted lines will be eligible for use in federally funded research.

The site is the next step in the implementation of the Obama administration’s stem cell policy, announced in March, which established ethical guidelines for this important research, which will allow the United States to remain a leader in the field of regenerative medicine.

Along with the site, NIH announced members of the new Working Group for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Eligibility Review, chaired by Jeffrey R. Botkin of the University of Utah School of Medicine. The panel will review lines submitted to ensure that they meet the guidelines finalized in July.

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