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Stumbling stem-cell policy regains footing

As I wrote last month and again just over a week ago, the Obama Administration tripped on a rake awhile back in an attempt to uproot a policy put in place under the previous president. The new regime's reworking of federal guidelines for embryonic-stem-cell research inadvertently snatched away scientists' access to key stem-cell lines to which they'd grown accustomed during the Bush years.

In case you've missed the latest turn of developments, the problem has at last been resolved, according to the Washington Post: The NIH announced yesterday that several such lines - including the all-important H9 line that has figured into a majority of scientific publications in the field - are now eligible for federal support.

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