Children’s Stem Cell Research Program, which developed 11 of the first 13 human embryonic stem cell lines approved by the NIH for federal funding, launched a new Web site today that aims to answer some of the basic stem cell research questions that people have and shows some of the ways that stem cell research has already impacted the lives of sick children.
The Stem Cell 101 videos page features Len Zon, MD, and George Daley, MD, PhD, the leaders of the Stem Cell Program, talking about what stem cells are, how they’re used in the lab and the work they’re doing to bring real cures to patients’ bedsides using stem cells. …
By M. William Lensch, PhD, from the Stem Cell Program at Children’s Hospital Boston
At just a little after 12:30 p.m. EST today we reached the end of a very long road. That was when the NIH announced that the first human embryonic stem cell lines (hESC) had been approved for federal funding eligibility under the rules put forth in President Obama’s executive order from earlier this year. A small group of us here in George Daley’s lab were listening in to the NIH press conference over the speaker phone. I couldn’t help but clap my hands and cheer! A lot of us have worked toward this moment for a long time. …
The National Institutes of Health today announced 13 new government-approved embryonic stem cell lines that scientists can get NIH funding to work with. The newly approved lines–11 of which were developed right here at Children’s–were derived from embryos donated by couples undergoing in-vitro fertilization, and all meet the NIH’s strict ethical standards requiring informed consent from donor couples.
With more lines available, and additional approvals expected to come soon, the pace of stem cell research is expected to pick up — and with it, a better understanding of human diseases and better therapies for treating them.
Read researcher Willy Lensch’s first-person post about what this means to the field of stem cell research – and to him personally.