Thursday, March 02, 2006

US House subcommittee to investigate grant to UPitt's Schatten

Jennifer Beals of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: A U.S. House subcommittee plans to conduct a hearing in Washington next week into faked South Korean cloning research, examining whether University of Pittsburgh scientist Gerald Schatten used that work to win a $16 million federal grant.

The House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources has jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the National Institutes of Health. The NIH awarded a $16.1 million grant to Schatten last September to launch an ambitious stem cell program at the Pitt-affiliated Magee-Womens Research Institute in Oakland.

Beals also discussed the need for clearer rules: More government oversight of cloning and stem cell research would be welcome in a nascent, ever-changing field where many rules are murky, said Ronald Cole-Turner, a bioethicist at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.


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