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Issue Position: Stem Cell

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After nearly a decade of research on human embryonic stems cells, three decades of research on animal stem cells, and more than $100 million in federal funding, embryonic stem cell research has yet to deliver any cures or treatments. There are zero human clinical trials or proven therapies using embryonic stem cells. Yet, adult stem cells and stem cells from cord blood have yielded more than 70 treatments and therapies for diseases and the National Institues of Health is funding another 330 human clinical trials using these cells.

Congress can and should encourage embryonic stem cell research but only ethical research that will not destroy human life in the process.


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