Solomon said that institutions would have to "separately track human embryonic stem cell work and federal funding." That means, space, equipment, anything that is federally funded cannot be used with this type of research.
"The work being done with federal funds is going to need to stop, and you'll need to see if you have other funds that you can substitute for that work," she said. "It's going to grind everything to a halt except for very unusual, privately supported labs, like ours. Everyone else has a mix of federal and private funds."
"The net is that instead of trying to understand the mechanisms of disease and figuring out cell therapies, everybody is now doing a giant accounting audit," she added. "It's unworkable."
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SOURCES: Robert Klitzman, M.D., director, Master's Bioethics Program, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City; Susan Solomon, CEO, New York Stem Cell Foundation; Paul Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., distinguished professor, neurosurgery, and director, University of South Florida Center for Aging and Brain Repair, Tampa, Fla.; Aug. 24, 2010, statement, American Society of Reproductive Medicine; New York Times; Associated Press
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