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The President’s Council on Bioethics, the body that advises President Bush on issues related to cloning, stem cell research and the new reproductive technologies, has issued a report suggesting that stem cells may not have to be taken from living embryos for research.

The report says that it is possible that cells taken from embryos that have died after being formed, from the patient’s own body, and those taken from living embryos without killing them, a process called ‘nondestructive biopsy,’ could be used successfully to replace embryonic stem cells in research.

The report, called Alternative Sources of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells, is a summation of the discussions of the Council on stem cell research, cloning and related biotechnologies……………..

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WASHINGTON, May 16, 2005 (