NEBRASKA'S HISTORY OF biomédical research in the academic and medical fields has brought the state national recognition for work such as that of researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, who in 1997 injected liver cells into diseased tissue, resulting in improved function and in the patient no longer needing a liver transplant. However, developments in the legislative area resulting from ethical and social debate may hinder both future innovation and the attracting of top researchers in stem cell research if a research ban and penalty for such research is approved.

As no federal legislation in the United States regulates stem cell research (except by an executive order to not allow federal funding to be used for embryonic stem cell research except on human embryonic ...

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