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EU will fund research on stem cells only from embryos created before June 2002

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:124
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Commission has proposed a set of ethical guidelines to cover human embryonic stem cell research funded by the European Union. The initiative is designed to enable the union to give financial support to projects investigating cures for major diseases in the overall framework of the sixth research programme.

    The programme specifically allows for research in this area. Announcing the draft guidelines, Philippe Busquin, the research commissioner, said: “By setting strict ethical rules for such funding, the EU contributes in a responsible way …

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