Stem cell funding must remain

Biochemical Society

Earlier this month the Biochemical Society, along with 32 other organizations, signed the Wellcome Trust’s statement Supporting Funding for Stem Cell and Reproductive Health Research in Europe.

The statement was produced in response to the European ‘One of Us’ Citizens’ Initiative that is seeking a ban on all financing of activities that presuppose the destruction of human embryos, including stem cell research, within the European Union.

We signed the statement because we believe that stem cell research continues to be one of the most promising fields of biomedical research and offers the opportunity to greatly improve the health of European citizens. The funding ban proposed would have a negative impact on research involving human embryos for regenerative medicine, reproductive health and genetic disease.

The issue has already experienced a robust debate, and the current framework for funding stem cell research, as part of Horizon 2020, was approved in just…

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