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Will You Be Using Stem Cells? June 13, 2007

Posted by gordonwatts in university.

I’m filling out a grant application. There are a series of questions that the University asks before it will allow you to submit the grant. Things like “Will human subjects be used in the course of this grant?” or “Will you or anyone else be exposed to radiation as a consequence of this grant?”.

There is a new one, however, that I don’t remember from before: “Does this research involve the use and/or creation of human embryonic stem cells?” Unfortunately, this question is new enough that the help blurb doesn’t say anything about it yet.

Wonder why it is there?



1. Kristy - June 18, 2007

Federal funding is limited to research on a human embryonic cell lines created before August 2001. There’s quite a bit of paperwork involved for life sciences researchers in showing that they are using lines that can recieve federal funding, or showing that they will not be using any federal funds in developing, cultivating, and using a new human embryonic stem cell line. Just another one of those NIH hoops for researchers to go through.

2. gordonwatts - June 18, 2007

Ah, yes, of course! I’d forgotten about that restriction.

I’m not sure I would call it an NIH restriction.. rather, a GWB restriction… 🙂

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