Statement of Harold Varmus, MD, Director, National Institutes of Health, before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
In this testimony, Varmus briefed the committee on stem cells, what they do, why they're special, and why the development
of human stem cell lines is exciting news, especially the potential use in treating/replacing damaged tissue. He also described
the role of embryos in deriving such cells, and noted that Thomson's work was not supported by NIH funds. He also acknowledged
the ethical implications of such work.
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Basic Science and Congressional Politics: NIH Director, 1993-1999
Updated Background Information for December 2, 1998 Hearing on Stem Cell Research (November 19, 1998)