End of Federal hESC Restrictions Will Enable Use of PGD Lines, Remove Stigma | GenomeWeb

President Obama's repeal this week of his predecessor's ban on using federal funds to support research on human embryonic stem cell lines will "benefit" drug discovery in two ways, according to some hESC experts.

Firstly, from the point of view of academics and academic institutions looking for better drug-development models, sometimes these models are only available from hESCs, said Joydeep Goswami, vice president of stem cells and regenerative medicine at Life Technologies, formerly Invitrogen.

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