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Bush Administration Quietly Approves Fetal Stem Cell Work: Funding Allowed Despite Federal Limits on Embryo Use

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According to a July 7 report by Jeremy Manier in The Chicago Tribune, the Bush administration has approved the first federally funded project using stem cells obtained from fetuses aborted up to 8 weeks after conception, expanding the scientific promise of stem cell research and complicating the ethical debate that surrounds it. The May decision was made nearly 1 year after President Bush limited funding for stem cell research with days-old human embryos. Some scientists thought that that move would hinder the quest to turn such …

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