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Ohio has no laws specific to stem cell research at the current time. While not a direct reference to stem cells, Section 2919.14(a) of the Ohio Revised Code says, “No person shall experiment upon or sell the product of human conception which is aborted.”

The state also has legislation, passed in 2010, that mandates and encourages cord blood education by health care professionals of expectant parents about cord blood banking.

Despite being known as a conservative state, Ohio’s history of stem cell research goes back to the 1980s and it is now known as a center for regenerative medicine and stem cell studies. In 1980, a patient suffering from leukemia received the first bone marrow transplant in the state. Nine years after that, in 1989, patents for ...

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