House passes stem cell bill as part of first 100 hours agenda

March 2007
Issues in Science & Technology;Spring2007, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p24
Academic Journal
The article reports on the passage of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which will expand researcher access to embryonic stem cell lines, by the U.S. House of Representatives on January 11, 2007. The bill, sponsored by Colorado Representative Diana DeGette and Delaware Representative Mike Castle, was identical to the first bill that U.S. President George W. Bush vetoed during his presidency in 2006. Recent polls by the Civil Society Institute among others indicate that the majority of Americans support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Other bills to watch on the health front include the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which would bar employers and health insurers from discriminating against people on the basis of genetic information.


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