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Fact Sheet: Advancing Stem Cell Research While Respecting Moral,Boundaries

been destroyed before the President's policy was announced. It has also provided more than $3 billion in Federal funding for research on all forms of stem cells, including those from adult and other non-embryonic sources. This funding has contributed to proven therapeutic treatments in thousands of patients with many different diseases, and it is opening the prospect of new treatments and cures that could transform countless lives.

Recent Scientific Breakthroughs Are Showing Stem Cell Science Can Progress While Respecting Moral Boundaries

There Have Been Advances In Therapies That Use Stem Cells Drawn From Adults, Children, And The Blood From Umbilical Cords - With No Harm To The Donor.

Researchers Are Now Developing Promising New Techniques That Offer The Potential To Produce Pluripotent Stem Cells - Without Having To Destroy Human Life.

-- This month, several new studies showed the potential of reprogramming adult cells, such as skin cells, to make them function like embryonic stem cells.

-- In January 2007, scientists discovered that cells extracted from amniotic fluid and placentas could also provide stem cells that seem to do what embryonic stem cells can - without creating or destroying embryos.

The Administration Is Taking Immediate Action To Increase Our Support For These Researchers In Their Vital Work

Today, President Bush Issued An Executive Order To Strengthen Our Nation's Commitment To Research On Pluripotent Stem Cells. The Order:

-- Directs the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health to ensure that any human pluripotent stem cell lines produced in ways that do not create, destroy, or harm human embryos will be eligible for federal funding.

-- Expands the NIH's Embryonic Stem Cell registry to include all types of ethically produced human pluripotent stem cells.

-- Renames the registry the Pluripotent Stem Cell Registry - so that it reflects what
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