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Stem Cell Measure Wins in Missouri

NOVEMBER 8, 2006 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CST


ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri voters narrowly approved a state constitutional amendment protecting stem cell research.

Preliminary results show the amendment won support from 51 percent of the electorate, with 97 percent of precincts reporting. That's a margin of about 45-thousand votes.

The amendment is known as the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. It guarantees that any federally allowed stem cell research and treatments can occur in Missouri, including research using human embryos.

The amendment's significance is largely symbolic. Embryonic stem cell research is already occurring in Missouri, although on a limited basis.

Supporters said several unsuccessful attempts by some state lawmakers to criminalize the procedure was the reason for the measure.

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