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Texas Delays Action on Stem Cell Therapy Rules

Board says procedure carries serious risks.

By Will Weissert
|  Friday, Nov 4, 2011  |  Updated 5:01 PM CDT
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TX May Block Therapy Used on Gov. Perry

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Gov. Rick Perry is in favor of stem cell research.

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The Texas state medical board is delaying until at least April a final vote on new stem cell therapy rules that could restrict or even block procedures like the one Gov. Rick Perry recently had on his aching back.

Its members voiced support for the changes Friday before voting to return next year to tweak the proposed regulations.

The proposed rules require an accredited body to review stem-cell procedures to ensure patient safety. Such therapies would also have to be done by physicians while adhering to Texas and federal laws. Procedures without the review would be prohibited.

The Republican presidential candidate had stem cells taken from his fat and then grown in a lab injected into his back and bloodstream during a July operation fusing part of his spine.

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