A few months ago, funding restrictions on embryonic stem cell research were loosened. Earlier this month, the National Institute of Health announced new guidelines for federal funding. The creation of new cell lines may not be federally funded, but the restrictions have been loosened with regard to what constitutes an existing cell line. New cell lines may be created, just not with federal funds. Once a line is created, federal funds may be used for further research.
The Minnesota Daily, the newspaper from the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota, recently ran an article discussing how these federal changes will affect research conducted at the university. It also discusses different stem cell developments that have taken place at the university.
Learn more about the different types of stem cell research.