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Europe rules out stem cell patents – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 19th, 2011.

Europe’s highest court has made a landmark ruling preventing the patenting of research techniques that use stem cells. The move has disappointed scientists who claim that commercial investors will abandon stem cell research if they cannot patent the results. The specific ruling is defined as: “A process which involves removal of a stem cell from […]

NZ Herald: Stem cell research: the man behind the monster

Peter Griffin posted in on September 14th, 2009.

The NZ Herald’s Geoff Cumming writes about Professor Sir Martin Evans, a Nobel prize-winning expert in stem cell research, covering his background, his work, and his view on the subject. An excerpt: (read in full here) “He has spent a good many of his 69 years in a white coat in a laboratory, peering at […]

Expert comment on mouse stem cell paper in Nature

Peter Griffin posted in on July 24th, 2009.

Stem cells made from skin likely possess the same potential as embryonic ones to grow into organ replacements, according to two studies of baby mice, published in Nature and Cell Stem Cell this week. The Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) rounded up comment from a scientist who co-authored the Nature paper.: Prof Robin Lovell-Badge, Head […]

Experts respond: Obama’s stem cell research policy shift

Peter Griffin posted in on March 10th, 2009.

The British Science Media Centre rounded up comment from scientists on President Obama’s move to lift limits on embryonic stem cell research. Sir Paul Nurse, President, Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA, said: “Scientific research is a worldwide endeavour and it is good news for science and medicine if President Obama allows US Federal support […]

UK stem cell research falters as US looks to give green light

Peter Griffin posted in on January 13th, 2009.

Today’s Independent newspaper in Britain carries the front page news that stem cell research focusing on controversial human-animal hybrid cloning is grinding to a halt due to an unwillingness on the part of funding bodies to keep the research cash flowing. The UK passed legislation in 2008 allowing use of human-animal hybrid embryos for stem […]

Australia issues first license to clone human embryos

Peter Griffin posted in on September 23rd, 2008.

The firm Sydney IVF has access to 7,200 human eggs for its research after a license was granted by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. As Reuters reports: “Scientists in other countries have made stem cells they believe are similar to embryonic cells using a variety of techniques, but none have been […]

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