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Vice Chancellor for Research Roberto Peccei recently released a memo announcing the creation of the human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight (ESCRO) committee as an initial step to provide oversight of research involving human embryonic stem cells (hESC). The establishment of the committee was first announced in VC Peccei’s memo on Preliminary Guidance on Conducting Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research at UCLA which was disseminated on August 2, 2005. The ESCRO will help ensure that UCLA hESC research meets the highest scientific, ethical, and legal standards while facilitating the conduct of such research.