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Researchers Get Green Light for Work on Stem Cells

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Science  01 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5484, pp. 1442-1443
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5484.1442

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued final guidelines last week allowing NIH-funded researchers to derive human pluripotent stem cells from fetal tissue, but not from embryos. Scientists may also work with embryonic stem cells, but may obtain them only from private sources and must ensure that derivation meets certain ethical conditions. The NIH spent nearly a year finalizing the guidelines, which researchers hope will allow work leading to the improved treatment of diabetes, Parkinson's, and other diseases.