WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- Research on stem cells in the United States is facing an uncertain future as a result of new regulations put into place by the government, an expert says.
Amy Comstock Rick, Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research chief executive, said while U.S. President Barack Obama lifted federal funding restrictions for stem cell research, the controversial field is still facing hardships, The Washington Post said Monday.
Rick said new regulations could stop some research groups from receiving federal funds and therefore threaten their human embryo stem cell research.
"We're very concerned," Rick said. "If they don't change this, very little current research would be eligible. It's a huge issue."
The Post said such concerns are due to the National Institutes of Health putting forward new ethics criteria for stem cell research that could significantly limit funding to such projects.
"We know issues like this, among many issues, have been raised, and we will take them into consideration," NIH Acting Director Raynard S. Kington said of the strict regulations.