University: Pentagon gives Swedes grant for Parkinson's stem-cell research

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The Pentagon gave one of Sweden's leading universities a $240,000 grant to fund stem cell research related to Parkinson's disease, according to the university.

The embryonic stem cell lines to be used are among those approved by the U.S. government for research supported by federal grants, and will be kept at Goteborg University, Lund University researcher Patrik Brundin told The Associated Press.

The university said the Pentagon was interested in Parkinson's disease "because it is seen as a model for neurological diseases that can also be caused by toxic substances in military contexts."

President Bush restricted federal funding to stem cell lines in 2001, including some to research in Sweden.