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HHS Inks Cell Deal; NAS Calls for More Lines

Science  14 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5537, pp. 1966-1967
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5537.1966a

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A month after President Bush came out with his policy on embryonic stem cells, the National Academy of Sciences has weighed in with a report stating that far more cell lines need to be available for research. It has also endorsed the ethically controversial practice called "therapeutic cloning" for the purpose of producing tissue that is genetically matched to patients. The report stresses that existing lines will have increasingly limited use as they age and accumulate mutations.