Wisconsin University Officials & Governor Applaud US Senate Stem Cell Vote

University of Wisconsin researchers and Governor Doyle are applauding the U-S Senate for passing a bill that lifts federal restrictions on stem cell research.

Doyle says the Senate's vote on Tuesday to ease President Bush's 2001 directive limiting federal funding to cell lines already in existence shows the country is committed to unlocking the potential of the science.

Bush is expected to veto the bill , leaving his restrictions in place.

U-W researchers say the policy has severely limited funding for studies and in some cases required them to do work using private money.

U-W researcher Jamie Thomson first isolated embryonic stem cells in 1998. The university controls five of the cell lines available for federal funding and about 80 U-W scientists are conducting stem cell studies on campus.