Friday, 2 August 2013

French court backs embryonic stem cell research

France's top court approved a law this Thursday making it easier to conduct research on human embryonic stem cells, as long as strict rules are followed to prevent cloning.

Until recently, the predominantly Roman Catholic France had tough curbs on embryonic stem cells as a result of a 2011 law which only allowed their use - for research purposes - under the explicit approval from the national biomedicine agency.
Now, thanks to a new law approved this month by the governing socialists and their allies, the agency's approval is no longer required, however strict regulations must still be followed to conduct embryonic stem cell research.

The Constitutional Council said it had approved the law, rejecting a last-ditch appeal by conservative lawmakers to get it thrown out.

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