NIH’s draft guidelines for human stem cell research are now published in the Federal Register for public comment (link no longer available) within the next 30 days. I encourage you to read them and submit your comments.
Here are a few key points about the draft guidelines:
- They allow NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and no longer needed for that purpose.
- They describe the conditions and informed consent procedures required during the derivation of human embryonic stem cells used for NIH-supported research.
- They support continued research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.
- They do NOT allow NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from other sources, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis and/or IVF embryos created for research purposes.
If you currently have a grant, have a pending competing grant application, have an application for an administrative supplement, or are planning to submit an application involving human stem cells, you should read NIH Guide NOT-OD-09-085. It describes the status of ongoing research using human stem cells and how NIH will handle stem cell applications—including those in response to Recovery Act funding announcements—while the guidelines are being finalized.
Use the “Post a Comment” or e-mail links above to send me your questions about these grant policies.