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Date published: 2006/07/24

The BBC says:

Ministers from European Union member states have agreed to continue funding research on embryonic stem cells.

Some countries oppose aspects of the research, but scientists say the cells are the key to treating diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Last week US President George W Bush used his veto for the first time to limit federal funding for the research.

The EU will not fund the procurement of embryonic stem cells but will fund research using cells already procured.

European Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potocnik said this was a continuation of the EU's existing practice.

"We clarified what actually we do and we committed ourselves to continue in that direction also in the future," he said.
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EU funds may not be used for research into human cloning for reproductive purposes or changing the genetic heritage of human beings.

EU funds are not available for therapeutic cloning of stem cells, or the creation of embryos for research purposes, both of which are allowed in the UK.

One small bit of sanity in a world otherwise more and more dominated by religious fundamentalist nutters. If the backwards (mainly Roman Catholic) nations want to ban research in their countries that is their right, but conversely they have no right to stop research or funding of such research in other countries.

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