Stem cell scientists safe from lawsuit

29th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2007, Madrid - Health Minister Bernat Soria announced yesterday that the four scientists - himself included - being called to testify in a lawsuit brought against the Andalusian Stem Cell Bank for what the plaintiff is calling "unconstitutional" practices, are protected by the Biomedical Research law, which allows the Granada lab to perform scientific research on human embryos.

29 November 2007

Madrid - Health Minister Bernat Soria announced yesterday that the four scientists - himself included - being called to testify in a lawsuit brought against the Andalusian Stem Cell Bank for what the plaintiff is calling "unconstitutional" practices, are protected by the Biomedical Research law, which allows the Granada lab to perform scientific research on human embryos.

Both Soria and regional health head María Jesús Montero yesterday downplayed the potential danger of the legal petition filed by a Galician woman, who is suing the stem cell bank for attempted murder. Soria commented that a lawsuit of this type is "a normal occurrence in a free state," but told his colleagues not to worry.

In 2003, the Andalusian government approved the first law in Spain allowing research to be conducted on human embryonic stem cells for scientific means.

The minister highlighted that the law, which he claims provides full legal protection for the lab's meticulously chosen scientists, was meant to protect researchers from exactly this type of legal action, as well as to prevent such  experts from relocating abroad to conduct their research.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. / KELLY RAMUNDO 2007]

Subject: Spanish news


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