Expert Report

2008 Amendments to the National Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (2008)

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This report offers amended guidelines for research involving human embryonic stem cells. It is the second set of amendments to be issued to clarify and update the National Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, which have served as the basis for oversight of this research in the United States since 2005. Its authoring committee was convened by the National Research Council to monitor scientific advances and evaluate the need for revisions to the Guidelines on an ongoing basis, with support from The Ellison Medical Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The amendments offered in this report include guidance in response to recent scientific advances enabling the derivation of human stem cells from nonembryonic tissues, including cells known as "induced pluripotent stem cells," and clarification on the types of expenses that can be reimbursed to women donating eggs for stem cell research.