On January 11, the House approved, 253-174, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 3), sponsored by Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Mike Castle (R-DE). The bill would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to use federal funding to conduct and support human embryonic stem cell research. Currently, federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is limited to cells derived on or before August 9, 2001.
Under the bill, embryonic stem cells could be used for research if they met the following conditions: