A bank that will create and supply new lines of embryonic stem cells for research around the world has been opened in Seoul, South Korea.
This may have been posted before but if their is international access to this bank of stemcells that can only be good news:

Dr Hwang told Associated Press: "When the use of these stem cells is limited to a particular country, it takes much too long to create technologies usable for the whole of humanity. "By creating a global network, we plan to share stem cells created in each country and share information on those stem cells."

IMO the fact that Hwangs technology is not being patented is a positive thing that more easily allows for a coordinated effort by different international teams and this is surely the best way to make progress.