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EU funding of human embryo use in medical research

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Cell culture in petri dishThe European Commission has issued a  response, declining calls from a campaign to scrap funding for stem cell research.

The ‘One of Us’ European Citizens’ Initiative on human embryo use in medical research had asked the EU to end the financing of activities which presuppose the destruction of human embryos, in particular in the areas of research, development aid and public health.

Commenting on the response, Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “This is a major victory for science and for health. Stem cell research has enormous potential to tackle serious and life-threatening diseases that affect millions of people. We are pleased that the European Commission will continue to support scientists in this important area of research.”

Image: Cell culture in a tiny Petri dish. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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