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Date:10/27/2008

U-M experts offer 'Stem Cells 102' to present facts to the citizens of Michigan about regulations, oversight and ethical issues surrounding the safety and benefits of stem cell research

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- University of Michigan experts are providing educational information to help Michigan citizens learn about the ethics, guidelines, and federal and state oversight that apply to all human stem cell research.

"Stem Cells 102," highlighted in an online video available at http://www.umich.edu/stemcell, provides accurate answers to those who seek the facts concerning embryonic stem cell research.

Embryonic stem cell research is considered by most scientists to be a very promising avenue for finding new treatments for incurable ailments such as juvenile diabetes and Parkinson's disease, to better understand inherited human disease, and to develop safer and more effective new drugs.

Embryonic stem cell lines are derived from discarded embryos that were created for fertility treatment, but are surplus or unsuitable for use in fertility treatment. However, Michigan is one of five states that have laws preventing the creation of new embryonic stem cell lines.

Through "Stem Cells 102," U-M stem cell scientist Sean Morrison, Ph.D., and Michigan Medical School Professor David Gordon, M.D., provide specific information about current issues regarding stem cell research, to clarify the law and the state of regulation.

Morrison directs the Center for Stem Cell Biology at U-M's Life Sciences Institute and is a faculty member at the U-M Medical School. Gordon directs the Center for Diversity & Career Development, and is a professor and associate dean at the Medical School.

1. Embryonic stem cell research is one of the most regulated areas of medical research.

Embryonic stem cell research is extensively regulated by the Food and Dru
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