This is a call for your help to support human embryonic and parthenote stem cell research. The deadline for action is Tuesday May 26.
Here’s a link to the most up to date version of the draft guidelines: 2009 Draft Guidelines on Human Stem Cell Research
A. The Problem:
On March 9, 2009 President Obama charged the National Institutes of Health, the primary funding agency for federally funded biomedical research, to draft a new set of ethical guidelines for embryonic stem cell research by July 2009. The President did not mean for the new guidelines to overturn the Dickey Amendment to the NIH budget which bans federal funding for the derivation of stem cell lines, but to expand the numbers and types of stem cells available for federal funding after they are derived.
The NIH has issued its draft guidelines and asks for public comment no later than Tuesday May 26, 2009. The NIH draft guidelines are a serious set-back to human embryonic stem cell research and continue the ban on parthenote stem cell research. The draft guidelines are so restrictive that many of the stem cell lines eligible for funding under President Bush would no longer be eligible.Read More›