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Embryonic stem cells have the potential to be turned into different kinds of tissue that could be used to regenerate and repair tissue and treat a host of diseases including heart disease, Parkinson's, diabetes and Lou Gehrig's disease. The cells are derived from excess embryos created during in vitro fertilization therapies that would eventually be discarded.
Opponents say the research is another form of abortion because human embryos must be destroyed to obtain the stem cells.
Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., co-author of the 1996 law prohibiting the use of federal funds in work that harms an embryo, said at the hearing that the emphasis should be put on using adult stem cells for research, thus avoiding the "ethical challenges" associated with embryonic cells.
As a result of that law, government policy has been to work with stem cells after private money is used to cull them from embryos.
Collins said the NIH currents spends more on adult stem cell research than on embryonic stem cells, but that the two types of cells have different potential and current uses in both areas must be pursued.
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