Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) has sponsored this bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to allow and support embryonic stem cell research provided the following conditions (and others developed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services with NIH) are met:

1. The stem cells are derived from embryos donated from in vitro fertilization clinics, created for the purposes of fertility, and are in excess of the clinical need;

2. The embryos will never be implanted in a woman and would otherwise be discarded;

3. The individuals seeking fertility treatment donated the embryos with written informed consent and without receiving any financial or other inducements to make the donation.

At a hearing, Parkinson's activist Jackie Christiansen made an impassioned plea for this bill (http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2.../emw180296.htm). She is a member of M.U.S.C.L.E. (Minnesotan Urging Stem Cell Line Expansion).

Details about the bill can be found at http://capwiz.com/pan/issues/bills/?...lertid=6149626 where a total of 191 sponsors have signed on board.