Stem cell research, is not federally funded due to a ban placed on embryo research in 1995. Since then, this stem cell research has continued mainly through private funding. In early 1999, the NIH announced that they would support research on embryonic stem cell lines that had already been previously established. This was a monumental step, as the potential benefits of stem cell research are very large, but in order to reap these benefits, large a large and sustained research investment is needed. The federal government is the only realistic source of such large funds.
Government funding, however, still remains a a topic of hot debate.
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