Spain gives green light to stem cell research

29th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 October 2004, MADRID - The Spanish government approved Friday a new law which will allow scientific research using embryos which were not used in fertility treatment.

29 October 2004

MADRID - The Spanish government approved Friday a new law which will allow scientific research using embryos which were not used in fertility treatment.

The Law of Techniques of Assisted Reproduction will allow embryos to be used in scientific research with the approval of the parents.

It will also make clearer how scientists can get permission to use embryos in research projects.

Spain's health minister Elena Salgado said recently the new law would "open the route for investigation with the proper guarantees and the permission of the parents".

Under the new legislation, parents will have to renounce any possible economic gains from embryos used for research and  annot place patents on the research.

The Socialist government pledged to develop biomedicine research when it came to power in April.

Under the new law, a central body will judge each trial on its own merits with all the controls stipulated by the legislation.

Francisco Gracia, director of the Institute of the Carlos III Health Institute where the research will be carried out, said the new law would remove many bureaucratic obstacles to using embryos for research.

Scientists can only use embryos which have remained frozen for more than five years and whose implantation in a woman is not possible.

The law will also define the number of fertilized eggs which can be implanted in a woman during fertility treatment. Until now the law has only allowed three in each cycle.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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