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NIH Pulls Plug on Ethics Review

Science  20 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5516, pp. 415-416
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5516.415a

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Last week the National Institutes of Health cancelled its planned meeting of the panel that is supposed to determine whether a given line of human embryonic stem cells complies with NIH's ethical guidelines. Because the NIH can't fund projects until their cell lines have been approved by the panel, the cancellation delays indefinitely federal funding of stem cell research.