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Stem cell research deal in EU

27th July 2006

20072006_lab1.jpgA week after President Bush vetoed a Bill that would have overturned the US ban on federal funding for stem cell research, the EU decide that embryonic stem cell research will continue to receive funding, but under strict conditions designed to appease a minority of countries that oppose the work as unethical.

Eight states had sought to stop the EU from providing financial support for the research, but a compromise agreement has been reached allowing research to be funded in countries that permit it to take place. Scientists will not be allowed to use EU funds for experiments in which embryos are destroyed. EU-supported scientists can work on stem cells produced by other people, but not create them themselves. They will also be banned from investigating reproductive cloning and from research that would alter the human genetic make-up. 
 

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