Israelis agree terms for embryonic cell useBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7316.771b (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:771
- Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
An Israeli committee of leading experts in science, medicine, civil and Jewish law, philosophy, and ethics has agreed guidelines approving the therapeutic use of human embryonic stem cells.
The 10 member bioethics advisory committee of the Israel Academy of Sciences and the Arts has deliberated the complex issues involved for eight months. It has endorsed both the use by researchers of embryonic cells from embryos left over from in vitro fertilisation and the possibility of therapeutic cloning of new embryos, although not for reproductive purposes.
The guidelines will be used …