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University of Nebraska a stem-cell battleground

November 20, 2009

In a pushback against President Barack Obama's expansion of federal financing of human embryonic stem-cell research, the University of Nebraska is considering restricting its stem-cell experiments to cell lines approved by President George W. Bush.

Updated Nov. 24, 2009

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents cast a tie vote on human embryonic stem cell research Nov. 20, defeating an effort to limit such research at a university system beyond what state and federal laws allow.

Read more from the New York Times.

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For weeks, the Nebraska board of regents has been the focus of a fierce campaign by opponents of embryonic stem-cell research, most recently by:

  • a flood of e-mail and telephone calls
  • a petition drive
  • radio advertisements

The effort, which is being met with an equally intense push by supporters, is a new front in the battle over the politically controversial research: It is being fought before a public university's governing board, not a state legislature or on a ballot measure, where opponents have taken their fights before.

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Read more from the Denver Post.