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What's Next for Stem Cell Research?

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Science  08 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6001, pp. 163
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6001.163-a

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Last week's appeals court decision to temporarily lift a ban on the use of federal funds for research with human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) was good news for researchers. But the legal battle is far from over. A decision on the underlying court case could come by late November. If the courts agree that hESC research violates a ban on taxpayer-funded research that harms embryos, hESC work could be shut down again. And the prospects that Congress will come to the rescue remain unclear. Given the uncertainty, some researchers say they are removing hESC work from their National Institutes of Health grant applications.