Governor Still Opposed to UNMC's Stem Cell Research

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Governor Mike Johanns remains opposed to the University of Nebraska Medical Center's human embryonic stem cell research.

He commented Thursday after the University of Nebraska Medical Center indicated it would apply for pre-existing embryonic stem cell lines.

Johanns says he is not comfortable with it. However, Johanns says the limit of his power in this case is he can express his opinion. He says the policy decision rests with the university's Board of Regents, not with the governor or the Legislature.

NU President L. Dennis Smith says the proposed research project would conform to restrictions established by President Bush three years ago. It would use cells that do not have the potential individually, or even as a group, to develop into a human being.