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Resolution on Stem Cell Research*
9 September 2004

Whereas the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has taken the lead in exploring ethical issues related to stem cell research in its 1999 report, "Stem Cell Research and Applications: Monitoring the Frontiers of Biomedical Research,"1 and

Whereas the AAAS on 17 August 2001 issued a statement regarding President Bush’s stem cell policy,2 which included concerns about the number, quality, and pedigrees of stem cell lines available for use in federally funded research, and

Whereas the AAAS Board of Directors on 14 February 2002 adopted a "Statement on Human Cloning,"3 which endorsed a ban on reproductive cloning but included support for human stem cell research under close scrutiny by the federal government over both the public and private sectors, and

Whereas the AAAS on 23 June 2004 signed, with 141 other agencies and organizations, a letter4,5 to President Bush urging an expansion of his stem cell research policy and especially increasing the number of stem cell lines available to researchers,

Therefore, be it resolved that the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science fully concurs with the heretofore noted actions of the AAAS relating to human stem cell research, and

Be it further resolved that the Pacific Division of the AAAS also urges President Bush to reexamine his three-year old policy toward human stem cell research, especially as it relates to the number of stem cell lines available to researchers.

1 http://www.aaas.org/spp/dspp/sfrl/projects/stem/main.htm
2 http://www.aaas.org/spp/cstc/docs/01-08-17_stemstmt.htm
3 http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2002/Cloning.shtml
4 http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2004/0623stemcell.shtml
5 http://www.camradvocacy.org/fastaction/change6-17-20041.pdf


*Approved by e-mail vote of the Pacific Divisioin Council on 9 September 2004.



 

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