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May 21, 2001
 |  BioCentury  |  Politics, Policy & Law

Stem cell developers sue U.S.

Just as scientists in Australia and Wisconsin are about ready to begin global distribution of embryonic stem cell lines developed under NIH guidelines, the Bush administration has acceded to the demands of anti-abortion groups to impose a freeze on NIH's review of embryonic stem cell grant applications.

The White House has halted the NIH activity pending the outcome of legal and scientific reviews by HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson of the Clinton administration's decision to fund research using the cells. The decision has prompted the stem cell developers and their allies to sue the administration in federal court.

The scientists at Monash University in Melbourne and at the University of Wisconsin are creating immortal embryonic cell lines that they said will comply with ethical guidelines promulgated by NIH last year.

Alan Trounson, deputy director of the Institute of Reproduction and Development at Monash University, told BioCentury that his laboratory has created four stem cell lines that comply with the NIH guidelines. The stem cells are derived from excess embryos donated by women at a Singapore in vitro fertilization clinic.

"There is virtually no limit to the quantity of stem...

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