According to a report published by the Center for American Progress in the The Chronicle story, the expert panels at the Stanford and Johns Hopkins University, and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) have decided to halt the research on the five contested lines.
In the month of May- June, 21 human cell lines were approved for the federal funding. But few days later it was contested by five owners among the 21 owners complaining that they were improperly informed regarding the project before donating their cells .
This information was published in the issue of same month in the Hastings Center Report by Robert Streiffer from The University of Wisconsin bioethicist. In the article he published one consent form signed by donor. It states that the project in which the embryo donors were participating was limited to developing a technique for longer-term cultivation of embryonic cells, and that after the study was completed all the cells would be destroyed. And so in light of the ethical problems, Strieffer called Bush Administration’s restriction on stem cell research funding to be overturned.
Although the officials of Stanford informed that the report was “inaccurate” and that the no final decision has yet been made. Moreover a spokesman from CIRM told that the institute is deciding whether or not to refer the issue to its ethics board.