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Following statutory changes and subsequent repopulation of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's PHC earlier this year by Gov. Patrick, the stem cell research regulations implementing the biotech act adopted last year -- and foisted on the Department by former Gov. Romney -- have been revised significantly.
Last week, the PHC voted to amend those regs. Just a few words actually changed, but the import of the regs now tracks the legislation, instead of standing in opposition to it. The original reg was explained by DPH staff thus:
In essence, researchers may not create fertilized embryos solely for donation to, or use in research.
Now, MA researchers may use stem cells that were developed solely for use in research without being subject to state sanctions, including criminal penalties.
(TOH: A Healthy Blog)
-- David Harlow