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Republicans tweak fetal tissue bill to allow some research

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans pushing a bill that would make it a felony to perform research using tissue from aborted fetuses have amended the measure to allow some work.
   
The bill would outlaw selling, donating and experimenting with cells, tissues, organs or other fetal body parts. University of Wisconsin researchers and private scientists have expressed concerns that bill would have a chilling effect on their work.
   
The proposal's authors, Reps. Andre Jacque and Joel Kleefisch, introduced an amendment Friday that apply the research ban to tissue obtained from abortions after Jan. 1, 2015.
   
They say the amendment would allow research on widely used cell lines from the 1960s and 1970s.

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