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Nobel Laureates Lobby for Stem Cells

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Science  02 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5509, pp. 1683-1684
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5509.1683b

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Eighty Nobel Prize winners have signed a letter urging President Bush to allow government-funded researchers to work on human pluripotent stem cells. In a letter faxed to the White House on 22 February, they argue that the cells--which have the capacity to develop into any tissue type--could help treat a variety of diseases. The Bush Administration is under pressure from antiabortion groups to block federal funding for work on embryonic stem cells.