The Practical Consequences of a National Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry
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- Taymor, K. & Scott, C.T. Stem Cell Rev and Rep (2009) 5: 315. doi:10.1007/s12015-009-9091-z
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The executive order and issuance of federal guidelines for human embryonic stem cell research are positive developments and will produce long-term benefits by creating a new registry for hESC lines. But there may be short-term costs caused by regulatory uncertainty, procedural delay, and knock-on effects as national policies are adopted at state and local jurisdictions. Policymakers must ensure that national mechanisms of oversight for a new hESC registry are adequately funded, properly organized, transparent, and free of bureaucratic detail.