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Massachusetts Law About Stem Cell Research

Massachusetts Laws

MGL c.111L Biotechnology. Law says, in part, "it shall be the policy of the Commonwealth to actively foster research and therapies in the life sciences and regenerative medicine by permitting research and clinical applications involving the derivation and use of human embryonic stem cells..."

Massachusetts Regulations

105 CMR 960: Biotechnology. As amended, to implement the law above.

Federal Laws

Dickey-Wicker Amendment, P.L. 104-99, sec.128. Prohibits use of Federal funds for "(1) the creation of a human embryo or embryos for research purposes; or (2) research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed for research on fetuses in utero..."

Federal Executive Orders and Guidelines

Executive Order: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells, March 9, 2009. "For the past 8 years, the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to fund and conduct human embryonic stem cell research has been limited by Presidential actions. The purpose of this order is to remove these limitations on scientific inquiry."

National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research, 74 Fed Register 32170, July 7, 2009.

Other Web Sources

Sherley v. Sebelius, US Dist Court - DC, Civ. No. 1:09-cv-1575, August 23, 2010. Premilinary injunction granted "to enjoin defendants from implementing the [NIH] Guidelines [for Human Stem Cell Research] because the Guidelines allow federal funding of ESC [Embryonic Stem Cell] research, which involves the destruction of embryos."

The Stem Cell Debate, Boston.com Special Section. Includes articles from the Boston Globe on the issue, as well as charge, graphs and information from national and international sources. Free registration required.

Stem Cell Information, National Institutes for Health. Includes links to basic information, federal policy, research topics and information for researchers.

Stem Cell Research, The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. Links to articles expressing concerns about stem cell research.