Stem-cell move has little impact on state

March 16, 2009

By hammersmith

[Source: Ken Alltuck, the Arizona Republic] – President Obama’s decision to ease restrictions on funding of embryonic stem-cell research will have little impact on Arizona’s universities because the state has its own limits on such controversial research methods.

Arizona university researchers cannot use state funds to manipulate embryonic stem cells in pursuit of treatment or potential cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s or heart disease. What’s more, an Arizona law dating back more than a quarter century prohibits Arizona scientists from experimenting with any type of human embryo or fetus.

Some Arizona scientists say the ban handicaps a state that has made a big push this decade to foster bioscience research.

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