U of U expert to chair stem cell panel

U of U expert to chair stem cell panel

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A University of Utah medical ethics expert will be chairman of a new federal committee that will review requests for government funding for research using embryonic stem cells.

Jeffrey R. Botkin is chief of the University of Utah School of Medicine's division of medical ethics and humanities. He has been appointed chairman of a nine-member National Institutes of Health review board for research requests.

Botkin and the panel will review proposals to conduct research using embryonic stem cells left over from couples who used test-tube fertilization.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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