Spaniards open arms to stem cell research

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Spain and other liberal European countries are considered to be most receptive to benefits of stem cell research, says study.

14 May 2008

MADRID - People from Spain, together with those from liberal European countries such as Denmark, the Czech Republic, Sweden and The Netherlands, are the most receptive to the benefits of stem cell research, according to a study by the BBVA Foundation.

On a scale of 1 to 10, Spaniards scored 6.4, behind Denmark and Sweden at 7.0, in considering stem cell research to be important. The Europeans who thought that such research was the least important were from Poland (5.4) and Austria (4.9).

BBVA Foundation researcher Mariana Szmulewicz said that the results show how much Spain has changed as a country. "The modernisation that Spain has seen in the past years has made Spaniards more prone to side with scientific research," she said.

The study was carried out in 12 European countries, the United States, Japan and Israel.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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