Stem cell research setback


This video is called Stem Cell Primer.

The US District Court for the District of Columbia granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday that temporarily halts federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research: here.

California’s stem cell agency has declared that it will fund human embryonic stem cell research that a federal judge in Washington has temporarily blocked from receiving federal funds: here.

Retired British professor Robert Edwards has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in recognition of his pioneering work in the technique of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Edwards, a Cambridge university biologist, together with British gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe, carried out the ground-breaking research that now routinely allows human female eggs to be taken out of the body, fertilised by male sperm, and then implanted into the womb. It is estimated that this treatment of infertility has enabled more than 4 million babies to be born since it was first started in 1978 when Louise Brown became the first “test tube baby” born through IVF at Oldham and District General Hospital near Manchester: here.

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