Spinal Confusion

...an attempt to clarify confusing and innacurate information in science articles

Saturday, October 29, 2005

UPI Gets It Wrong

While reading up on the new Korean stem cell center, I found a UPI Wire article over at ScienceDaily. The article was good, but it included this (blatantly incorrect) quote:

[quote]President George W. Bush's policy on stem-cell research bars federal funds from being used to generate new stem-cell lines, ...[/quote] Two things here.

First, the Dickey Amendment bars federal funding from being used to derive new embryonic stem-cell lines; not any policies implemented during the Bush administration.

Second, new stem-cell lines can be generated usig federal funds, so long as they do not run afoul of the Dickey Amendment. Fusion of somatic cells with embryonic stem cells and nuclear reprogramming are just two methods that scientists can use to generate new embryonic stem cell lines with federal funding. Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) into an enucleated embryonic stem cell is another.