WASHINGTON, Dec 2 ( – Draft guidelines published today by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will allow funding of research involving the killing of human embryos. 

Research on stem or master cells harvested from live human embryos will be funded as long as those embryos were created not expressly for research purposes but were left over from fertility treatments. 

The guidelines also recommend not funding human cloning. 

The National Right to Life Committee said the guidelines “would result in federal sponsorship and funding of experiments in which living human embryos are dissected and killed – a clear violation of federal law …”. The guidelines also allow federal funding for research that includes extracting stem cells from aborted babies. 

With files from News & Observer and the National Instututes of Health.


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