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NIH to open national 'stem cell bank'

Wednesday, July 14, 2004 Posted: 9:43 AM EDT (1343 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government plans to open a "national bank" to better grow the only embryonic stem cells eligible for government-funded research, holding firm against critics who want Bush administration restrictions on the controversial cells lifted.

In addition, the National Institutes of Health plans to spend $18 million over four years to establish three "centers of excellence" to speed research on the currently available cell lines.

Article: http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/science/07/14/stemcells.ap/index.html