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September-14-99

Clinton Urged to Change Policy on Embryo Research

The National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC) recommended yesterday that federal dollars be allowed to fund research in harvesting human embryo cells that trigger tissue growth in the body. The NBAC says that these "stem cells" show promise in treating various diseases, and that the current federal ban on using live human embryos in scientific research must be lifted. Scientists postulate that stem cells might in the future be used to regenerate body parts and cells lost to a host of diseases currently devastating the population, including Alzheimers Disease. Clinton thanked the committee but has not indicated whether he will pursue policy change.

Media Resources: The Washington Post and Nando Times - September 14, 1999