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August-23-00

Federal Guidelines for Embryo Research to Be Released

The Clinton administration will release guidelines later today that will enable federally funded scientists to conduct research using stem cells, harvested from human embryos, despite the persistent opposition of anti-abortion activists. The guidelines will specify that research must only be done on cells, not on embryos, and that no federal funds can be used to destroy the embryos in order to obtain the cells. Privately funded researchers will harvest the cells, and no embryo donors will receive payment. A review committee of scientists and ethicists will be formed to monitor the research. Stem cells, harvested during the first week in embryo development, could be revolutionary in treating many diseases, including Alzheimers, which disproportionately affects women.

Media Resources: New York Times and Washington Post - August 23, 2000