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AAMC Applauds House Passage of Stem Cell Legislation, USA

October 10, 2017

Jordan J Cohen, MD, president of the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges), issued the following statement today hailing the passage of the "Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005," by the House of Representatives:

"Today's vote shows strong and gratifying bipartisan support for stem cell research and is a clear indication that Congress realizes how important this area of discovery is to medical progress.

I want to thank Reps. Michael Castle and Diane DeGette for their hard work and leadership on this vital issue. Patients and researchers alike are indebted to them for the perseverance, passion, and political skill they exhibited in shepherding this legislation through the House.

The AAMC recognizes the significant ethical issues that are raised about embryonic stem cell research and we respect the view of those who oppose such research, including some in our own medical school community. However, we are persuaded otherwise by what we believe is an equally compelling ethical consideration, namely, the unique potential afforded by embryonic stem cells, to alleviate human suffering and enhance the quality of human life. We hope the Senate and President Bush will heed the call of the members of Congress who voted in favor of this legislation and make federal funding accessible for all available stem cell lines, so that Americans can benefit from the great promise of stem cell research."

The Association of American Medical Colleges is a nonprofit association representing all 125 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 68 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and 94 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 109,000 faculty members, 67,000 medical students, and 104,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at aamc/newsroom.

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