Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is co-sponsoring a bill that establishes guidelines for the use of federal money for embryonic stem cell research.
The move is in accordance with a mandate by a federal court judge
The Stem Cell Research Advancement Act does not allow federal funds to be used for the derivation of stem cell lines—the step in the process where the embryo is destroyed.
“This is a commonsense solution that allows doctors and scientists to continue the promising, potentially lifesaving stem cell research that they have been working on for years,” said Bennet. “It ensures that this important research will continue in a responsible way and that we can keep working to help millions of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, and other ailments. I urge the Senate to act quickly on this bill to ensure that stem cell research is not stopped, suspended or stalled.”
The Stem Cell Research Advancement Act establishes the following eligibility criteria for federal funding of human stem cell research: