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Germany considers relaxing strict embryo research laws

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1128
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    Germany is in the middle of a national debate on embryo research after a speech by the minister of justice, Brigitte Zypries, in which she signalled that the government is preparing to relax the country's strict laws on embryo research.

    German law currently forbids work on embryonic stem cells, with the exception of research on imported embryos left over from in vitro fertilisation that were created before 1 January 2002.

    In a speech at Berlin's Humboldt University on 29 October, Brigitte Zypries said that there was an ethical obligation to push forward research on …

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