Spain to start embryo research next month

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28 September 2004, MADRID - Spain will permit embryonic stem cell research from the end of next month, the Spanish health minister said.

28 September 2004

MADRID - Spain will permit embryonic stem cell research from the end of next month, the Spanish health minister said.

Elena Salgado told a medical congress in Granada late Monday that the government was now only awaiting approval by a consultative body of a decree on "informed consent".

This would outline the process by which patients agree to participate in clinical tests after being fully informed, the minister told reporters.

Spain will initially have two centres of research - one in Catalonia specialising in regenerative medicine, and the other in Granada.

The latter follows the examples of Sweden and Britain which already have similar facilities.

The Granada site was set up with EUR 765,000 (USD 950,000 ) of funding from the Andalusian regional authorities in the south of Spain. It was inaugurated in January.

But its work has been frozen due to an appeal by the former conservative government of Jose Maria Aznar.

It accused the socialist region of Andalusia of trying to legislate in an area where it believed it had sole responsibility.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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