Monthly Archives: July 2006

President Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill

On July 19th, President Bush rejected legislation to expand federally supported embryonic stem cell research, exercising his first veto. The president laid out his reasoning in a written message to the House of Representatives, then announced his decision while surrounded by babies born through in vitro fertilization using so-called “adopted embryos.” President Bush said the [Sign in to read the full article...]

Senate Approves Additional $2 Million for Organ Donation Recovery and Improvement Act

The Senate Appropriations Committee on July 20th agreed to provide an additional $2 million toward the Organ Donation and Recovery Improvement Act of 2004 in the Fiscal Year 2007 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill. This amount is in addition to the current appropriation of $23 million for the Health Resources and [Sign in to read the full article...]

European Union Funds Stem Cell Research Without Cloning

The European Union on July 24th decided to continue funding human embryonic stem cell research, although under new rules that prevent human cloning and destroying embryos, according to an Associated Press report. The funding will come from the EU’s $65 billion research budget for 2007-13, when the new rules approved Monday expire. Poland, Austria, Malta, [Sign in to read the full article...]

Study Shows Less Medication Better for Transplant Survival in Children

A protocol at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh that allows children who get intestinal transplants to minimize the drugs needed to prevent rejection appears also to improve their survival chances, according to research presented this week at the World Transplant Congress in Boston. The regimen avoids steroids and encourages the immune system to welcome the donor [Sign in to read the full article...]

Groups Seek to Overturn Stem Cell Patents

A consumer group, a patent foundation and a stem cell scientist are challenging patents on human embryonic stem cells held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The Public Patent Foundation, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, and Jeanne Loring, a stem cell scientist at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in California, claim the [Sign in to read the full article...]