NIH Releases Final Embryonic Stem Cell Research Guidelines

When the NIH released its draft guidelines on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research in late April, they were open to a 30-day period of public comment before the formulation of the final rules. Today, the NIH has released its final guidelines (pdf).

Not much has changed, so there's not really much to say that I haven't already. The bad news is that the fairly restrictive nature of the rules was maintained (i.e. no federal funds for hESC lines derived from embryos generated specifically for research), but the good news is that the government didn't cave into some fairly outlandish requests (clearly from anti-abortion activists) to insert some loaded language into the rules.

Check out the full document (pdf) for the text of the final rules and a point-by-point reply to the major comments.

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