March 26, 2010
In February, the NIH proposed to redefine the meaning of “embryonic stem cells” in their Guidelines. The primary purpose is to make more embryos, including younger embryos, available for research. The move continues the Administration’s and NIH’s aim to spend more taxpayer dollars on embryonic stem cells while ignoring the patients and successful adult stem cells.
FRC has submitted our comments on the proposed redefinition. It seems obvious that NIH is not interested in substantive consideration of their political move, limiting comments to 6,000 characters (including spaces.) They ignored 30,000 of the 49,000 comments received on the original draft of the guidelines. (FRC’s submission on original draft guidelines) Hopefully this round they’ll actually read and consider.
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