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Congress to debate stem cells

10th January 2007

In the United States, the Democratic Party-controlled House of Representatives is due to debate the use of embryonic stem cells, which can be used to develop any sort of human tissue to fight disease.

In 2001, the Bush administration restricted research to embryonic stem-cell lines already in existence. There are only 21 stem-cell lines in existence, a move which some say has slowed the development of treatments for those suffering from spinal-cord injuries and a range of diseases.

But the White House position remains unchanged, and it appears unlikely that backers of stem-cell research have enough votes to override another Bush veto.

 

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