ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers have moved to restrict embryonic stem cell research in Georgia even as President Barack Obama prepares to lift limits on using federal dollars for such work.

A Senate panel was hearing testimony on the measure Monday after a subcommittee rapidly cleared the measure earlier in the day.

The bill defines an embryo as a person.

Critics say the bill would criminalize embryonic stem cell
research in the state, which has seen a surge in biotech business.

But supporters say it would protect human life in its earliest
form.


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