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Embryologists Dismayed by Sanctions Against Geneticist

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Science  24 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5299, pp. 472
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5299.472

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News that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has cut off funding for Mark Hughes, a geneticist who pioneered a technique for screening for mutations in the DNA of a single cell, has dismayed Hughes's colleagues. NIH says Hughes used federal funds to conduct tests on eight-cell human embryos, in contravention of a congressional ban on such activities. Hughes's colleagues say the incident will drive more embryology research into private clinics, where it is unregulated.