Law change will capitalise on stem cell advance

20th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 May 2005, MADRID — Spain is to change the law next year to capitalise on the advances in research which will match stem cells to the individual for the first time.

20 May 2005

MADRID — Spain is to change the law next year to capitalise on the advances in research which will match stem cells to the individual for the first time.

The Socialist government is preparing a controversial new bio-medical law which could be introduced next year.

But it is sure to be met with stern opposition by critics who claim it is unethical.

At present, the law does not allow Spanish scientists to exploit the research announced by South Korean scientists.

A scientific team in South Korean said each of the 11 new stem cell lines that they made were created by taking genetic material from the patient and putting it into a donated egg.

The resultant cells were a perfect match for the individual and could mean treatments for diseases like diabetes without problems of rejection.

The study, published in the magazine Science, has been hailed as a major advance.

Meanwhile, UK scientists at Newcastle University announced they had successfully produced a cloned embryo using donated eggs and genetic material from stem cells.

Although a long way behind the Korean research, it was the first time a human cloned embryo had been created in Britain.

Critics said these "cloning" techniques are unethical.

Experts warned that there was a risk the cells could become cancerous.

And the Korean team admits much work is needed before stem cell techniques can be perfected.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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