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"THIS WEEK" — Assembly Action Highlights for The Week
Ending March 21, 2003

– Assembly Approves Stem Cell Research Bill

– Assembly, Advocate Groups, Unions Call on Governor To Abandon
Budget "Wrong Choices"

– Silver and NYSSBA: Property Taxes Will Skyrocket Under Pataki

– Assembly Passes Power Plant Siting Reforms

– Assembly Passes Video Voyeurism Legislation, Establishes
Criminal Penalties

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January 22, 2002

Mr. Bruce Lande

4754 Lawsher Drive

Syracuse, New York 13215

Mr. Lande:

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

research process.

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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