The NIH is seeking public comment on the "National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.” The draft guidelines were developed to implement Executive Order 13505, which calls for the removal of limits on federally supported research on human embryonic stem cells. Written comments must be received by the NIH on or before May 26, 2009.
This is your opportunity to share your comments about the proposed criteria for existing or new embryonic stem cell lines to be used under the new guidelines. As drafted, the guidelines allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and are no longer needed for that purpose. The draft guidelines do not allow NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from other sources, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and/or IVF embryos created for research purposes. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.
To read the full draft guidelines or to learn more, please visit: Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.
Comments may be submitted at: Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines - Comments Form.