January 23, 2021

The Niche

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Republicans go after hESC research again: seek to “prioritize” (aka politicize) stem cell research

According to the Hill, Republicans have introduced legislation that would require “prioritization” of stem cell research by the Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

Digging into the details, “prioritize” in this case means kicking hESC research to the back of the line so by “prioritize” what they really mean is politicize.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Randy Forces of Virginia and co-sponsored by Democrat Dan Lipinski of Illinois and 18 house Republicans, might force NIH to reduce funding for hESC research.

What does this mean?

The reality is that this is not an effort to help Americans facing disease or to advance research, but is a political attempt to go after hESC research.

You can read the actual bill here.


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