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Bush Squeezes Between the Lines on Stem Cells

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Science  17 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5533, pp. 1242-1245
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5533.1242

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President George W. Bush told a national TV audience on 9 August that he would allow the federal government to fund work on embryonic stem (ES) cells. But Bush's compromise has sparked a new round of scientific questions, including exactly how much research the new policy will permit. Although the president's decision may temporarily halt a political push for more research opportunities, his assertion that some 60 ES cell lines would be available for research is more than twice the number most scientists would cite.