Senator Shumer Second Response
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– Assembly Approves Stem Cell Research Bill
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January 22, 2002
Mr. Bruce Lande
4754 Lawsher Drive
Syracuse, New York 13215
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for stem cell research.
I want you to know that I wholeheartedly agree with your opinion.
Stem cells are widely considered to hold enormous promise in treating a
range of human diseases from Parkinson’s disease to Lou Gehrig’s disease to
diabetes. One important use of the cells would be for the development of
tissue transplanting therapies – for example, to grow cells to replace
damaged heart tissue, neurons for use in treating Parkinson’s or
cartilage-forming cells to treat arthritis.
I also support the National Institutes of Health in its recognition that
this type of research requires "stringent oversight…beyond the
rigorous NIH scientific peer review process." The NIH and the National
Bioethics Advisory Commission will work together to develop stem cell
specific guidelines to ensure that ethical standards are met throughout the
Again, thank you for contacting me. If I may be of any further assistance,
please do not hesitate to contact me.
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator
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