The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its new guidelines for stem cell research earlier this month. The guidelines make available more than 700 stem cell lines for research, compared to the 20 lines previously available. In 2008, $88 million of the NIH’s $938 million budget for stem cell research went to research using human embryonic stems cells. The new lines, which can include lines used for research in other countries, will be approved by a NIH working group .


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