But the NIH instead proposed limiting new grants to research using stem cells originally derived from fertility-clinic leftovers, the extra embryos that couples wind up not needing and thus often are thrown out.
That’s in line with legislation passed by the last Congress but never signed by President George W. Bush. Besides, Kington noted, no one has yet created a stem cell line using cloning techniques.,
Last year, the NIH funded about $88 million in research using embryonic stem cells, Kington said. It’s unclear how much more the agency may spend under the new policy.
The NIH will accept public comments on the guidelines for a month, and issue final rules by early July.
I wonder how much of an increase in dollars the NIH will give to research clinics under President Obama.