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House backs stem cell bill

12th January 2007

26072006_stem_cell_research1.jpgThe US House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing research into stem cells from human embryos, but not by a large enough majority to overcome a veto from President George W. Bush, who opposes it.

The bill gives the go-ahead to research which some say could lead to cures for diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, but President Bush has said the research would destroy human life in the name of science.

The bill was a top priority for the Democratic Party, which recently won control of Congress. It was passed by 253 to 174.

Bush used his veto to quash a similar result last year.


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