Archive for stem cells

Hidden toll of embryo ethics war

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“At its heart, the ongoing legal battle to block US federal funding for research on human embryonic stem (ES) cells seeks to protect embryos. But Nature has learned that in a bitter irony, the dispute seems to be holding up research on lines of human ES cells that can be derived without destroying embryos …” (more)

[Heidi Ledford, Nature, 14 March]

European Court of Justice rejects stem cell patents

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“The European Court of Justice today issued a preliminary opinion that procedures involving established human embryonic stem (hES) cell lines are not patentable …” (more)

[Alison Abbott , Nature, 10 March]

Warning over stem cell research in Ireland

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael’s stance on stem cell research will further isolate Irish scientists who already work in a legal vacuum, Nature magazine has warned …” (more)

[Susan Mitchell, Sunday Business Post, 6 March]

Failing to give full picture on stem cell research

Posted in research with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“Dr Stephen Sullivan (Feb 18) calls for legislation to regulate the use of stem cells in Ireland. Dr Sullivan is a Director of the Irish Stem Cell Foundation, a group that campaigns on behalf of embryonic stem cell research …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Examiner, 2 March]

Irish election raises questions for stem cell research

Posted in research with tags , , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“The Fianna Fail party, in power in Ireland since 1997, had supported science well enough over the last decade or so to allow the small country to dramatically raise its international profile. This year it even scraped into the top twenty science-producing countries in terms of citations per research paper. Irish scientists now have to worry about whether this progress will be maintained under Fine Gael …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, The Great Beyond, 28 February]

Stem Cell Research

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 21 February 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael policy department confirmed to me today that they are opposed to embryological stem cell research. I specifically asked if that means that Fine Gael in government will defund existing stem cell research …” (discussion thread)

[, 21 February]

Lack of stem cell laws puts patients at risk

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags on 18 February 2011 by Steve

“The current void of stem cell legislation in Ireland puts patients at unnecessary risk and expense, deters investment and expertise coming to Ireland, allows the general public to be easily confused about stem cells, and impairs Ireland’s capacity to do internationally competitive R&D in a growing number of areas …” (more)

[Stephen Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 18 February]