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Hadassah Encouraged by House Vote and New Stem-Cell Research

Urges President not to rule out any avenues for research
Genever McBain

HADASSAH ENCOURAGED BY HOUSE VOTE AND NEW STEM-CELL RESEARCH
Urges President not to rule out any avenues for research

(New York, NY -- June 7, 2007) - Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is greatly encouraged by the research published this week that indicates that skin cells in laboratory mice can be engineered to behave as stem cells, vastly widening the possibilities of seeking cures and relief for the tens of millions of Americans suffering from intractable chronic diseases. In addition, the organization is heartened by the passage today by the House of Representatives of The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (S. 5).

In a statement today, June Walker, National President of Hadassah, said: "We implore President Bush not to proceed with his announced intentions to veto this vital legislation. On a day when Americans have renewed hope for the promise of stem cells in the treatment of diseases that affect all of us, it is clear that there are many avenues for scientific investigation.  All of them must remain open for scientific inquiry, fortified by federal funding."

Hadassah, with 300,000 members in the U.S., is a powerful grassroots voice for Israel, health, and women's issues, and is the founder and supporter of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Scientists at its Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy were among the first in the world to derive embryonic stem cell lines.

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