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Bush Grapples With Stem Cells, Cloning

Science  29 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5526, pp. 2409-2411
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5526.2409

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Debate heated up last week over the separate but intertwined issues of human cloning and human embryonic stem (ES) cells. Two congressional hearings on whether to ban human cloning, a National Academy of Sciences meeting on stem cell research, and a 200-page tome by the National Institutes of Health will all provide fodder for President George W. Bush's imminent decision on whether to allow federal funding of research with ES cells, which are derived from week-old embryos. Meanwhile, rumors swirled about a major split within the Administration.