This article has been updated from a previous version that was posted on March 13

Georgia's state Senate late last week approved a bill barring research institutes and businesses from creating their own human embryonic stem cell lines within the state, just four days after President Obama lifted federal funding restrictions designed to stoke more hESC research in the nation.

The bill, called the "Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act," must still be approved by the Georgia House and signed by the governor, who is believed to support it.

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