NIH Issues Draft Stem Cell Guidelines

The upshot: The National Institutes of Health won't fund research into stem cells derived from human-induced pluripotent cells introduced into non-human blastocysts... nor will they fund any research involving stem cells that are used to contribute to the "germ line" of animal breeding. NIH also won't fund research involving stem cells and somatic cell nuclear transfer, cloning, and IVF lines created solely for research. The guidelines anticipate the development of human parthenogenesis-- babies made from eggs and no sperm -- no research money will be granted. 


NIH will fund research into stem cells left over from embryos that "were created for reproductive purposes," weren't needed for said reproduction, were donated (with documentation) for research purposes and weren't the product of a monetary exchange between anyone and the embryo-giver.