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    Thumbs up EU will allow funding of embryonic stem cell research for cures

    This is good news. The Swedish research minister calls it a big step for science and is very pleased with the decision. Sweden is a very liberal country when it comes to ESCR and Germany is at the other end although Germany and Italy changed sides when this compromise was proposed which is great in itself.

    Today the European Union agreed to continue financing stem cell research, earlier some was afraid there would be a ban on embryonic stem cell research funding from EU, this will not be the case. There will not be a ban but such research will be restricted. I have read more about this now; here is one article that describes the decision pretty good;

    E.U. Supporting Stem Cell Research
    By JAN SLIVA
    Associated Press Writer

    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) – The European Union will continue financing human stem cell research, ministers from the bloc's 25 member states decided Monday, overcoming opposition from a group of mostly Catholic countries.

    The funding — to come from the EU's $65 billion research budget for 2007-2013 — will be available only in those EU countries that allow embryonic stem cell research, and under strict conditions including a ban on research aimed at human cloning for reproductive purposes or intended to modify the genetic heritage of human beings.

    In a concession to the eight opposing countries, EU money will not be used to finance research activities directly intended to destroy human embryos. However, EU funding of "subsequent steps" involving human embryonic stem cells would be allowed, the ministers agreed.

    "The financing ... from EU funds is possible, but subject to very tight ethical rules and procedures," said Jukka Pekkarinen, head of the Finance Ministry's economics department.

    The new rules will be in place until 2013.

    Poland, Austria, Malta, Slovakia and Lithuania voted against the updated rules, all for "ethical and moral" reasons, they said. But Germany, Italy and Slovenia changed their stance at the last moment and backed the proposal.

    Human stem cell research in the EU is financed largely from national budgets in those countries that allow it, and a decision to ban EU funding would have had little impact on day-to-day operations, though experts said it would have sent a chill over the European stem cell research community and gone against the spirit of scientific cooperation.

    Most European laboratories already work with adult stem cells.

    Cells taken from human embryos are uniquely versatile, and many hope that one day they could help treat Alzheimer's, type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injuries and other health problems.

    But Roman Catholic teaching opposes scientific research on human embryonic stem cells, as the embryo is killed when its stem cells are extracted.

    Less than a week ago, U.S. President George W. Bush vetoed legislation that would have increased federal spending on human stem cell research in the United States.

    http://www.11alive.com/news/health/h...?storyid=82402
    A very good decision.

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    EU forges compromise on stem cell research funding

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14014137/

    EU forges compromise on stem cell research funding

    By Sarah Laitner in Brussels and Clive Cookson in London

    The European Union on Monday agreed to use its money for human embryonic stem cell experiments after member states compromised on the way the research is funded.

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    Lord Sainsbury, Britain's science minister, hailed the decision reached by a majority of EU countries as an opportunity for Europe to forge ahead. "Symbolically it is very significant," he said. "In Europe we are moving forward on this front, whereas America has taken, as far as the federal government is concerned, a very negative position."

    Lord Sainsbury added that Monday's agreement could lead to disillusioned US scientists moving to European countries.

    Backers of research on human embryos say it could allow scientists to find cures for Parkinson's, diabetes and heart failure. Opponents say the experiments destroy human life.

    The Brussels agreement will allow scientists in countries where human embryo experiments are legal to apply for funding from the EU's Framework Seven research programme, which takes effect next year. Cambridge University's Austin Smith said the support was essential for collaborations on stem cell research that could not rely on national funding.

    Although the compromise will prevent scientists using EU cash to extract stem cells from human embryos, they will be able to work on new embryonic cells from national and other sources. In contrast, US federal funding is restricted to stem cells that existed before August 2001.

    There was relief among scientists that research would still be eligible for funding, but apprehension that it could be more restricted than under the current Framework Six programme.

    The Royal Society, Britain's national academy of sciences, said: "It remains to be seen what impact these limitations will have on stem cell research given that they impose greater restrictions than currently exist for EU research funding."

    Lord Sainsbury said the new guidelines would clarify and consolidate existing practice rather than adding new limitations.

    Germany, which had led opposition, agreed to the compromise after a five-and-a-half hour debate. Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Lithuania and Malta maintained their rejection but lacked the votes to block it.

    An official of the Finnish EU presidency, which brokered the agreement, said: "The deal will mean that you cannot use EU funds to make the tools, but you can get EU money to use them."

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    Despite the restrictions placed on this agreement, I'll take what I can get since our own gutless Pres. has put so many obstacles in front of our own scientists. Europeans have always been a step ahead and more open-minded. I wish them nothing but obvious success ... and fast, please.

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    Felieh - This agreement basically means that EU will not fund the extraction “killing” of the embryos itselfe, but the EU FP7 budget can fund the “subsequent” embryonic stem cell research for finding cures. And it will be up to each member state to do such research. This is very good news I find and it definitely is not a ban on such a research as some member countries tried to impose here earlier. Now for example countries like U.K., Sweden and Spain can collaborate in EU funded embryonic stem cell research programmes.

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    This is good news, at least Europe is being progressive.

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    This is good news, at least Europe is being progressive.
    Let it happen in America. Let the talk on CC go on and let it grow. Don't try to control it. Let it happen.

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    Thanks for the posting. Great news.

    Bush will go down as the worst president in our history. He set our creativity back 10yrs. and spent our future. 10yrs. from now everybody will see how bad he really was for our country.

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    I think the Bush family should be banned from ever using any future cures derived from ESC research. And I'm blaming his whole family because they could have influenced his decision & didn't.

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    Comment from Sweden: EU stem cell move welcomed

    http://www.isa.se/templates/News____51378.aspx

    Comment from Sweden, and as we know they are very liberal when it comes to human embryonic stem cell research. So if they are happy, I guess I’m happy.

    EU stem cell move welcomed

    The Swedish government has welcomed a European Union decision to press ahead with funding for stem cell research, saying it will boost the country’s position as a world leader in the fight against diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and leukemia.

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

    Some EU countries oppose the research and had threatened to block adoption of the EU’s €54 billion research budget for 2007-2013, of which stem cell research forms a small part.

    But the budget was approved following pressure from other states, including Sweden, and after the EU banned the use of funds for research aimed at human cloning for reproductive purposes and studies intended to modify the “genetic heritage” of human beings.

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    Swedish minister for education, research and culture Leif Pagrotsky hailed the EU decision as a victory for “science and for all who hope that stem cell research can produce results in the fight against currently incurable diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and leukemia.”

    He added: “The fact that our line won through means more money will be available for European research than ever before.”
    Last edited by Leif; 07-29-2006 at 07:13 AM.

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