Alternative Stem Cell Bill Added to Debate

With a closely divided House poised to vote today on whether to expand federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, opponents are offering fence-sitters what they say is an embryo-friendly alternative: a bill that would foster the use of stem cells from umbilical cords discarded after birth.

Brand Drug Prices Outpace Inflation

U.S. prices for brand-name drugs on average rose at 2.5 times the rate of inflation last year, while generic drug prices remained flat, according to a study released on Tuesday by the nation’s largest lobby for the elderly.

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