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Embryo-cell vote spotlights MEPs' ethics - EUobserver.com
EUOBSERVER / STRASBOURG - MEPs are divided over EU rules on new types of treatment for diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer's, with conservative deputies calling for a blanket European ban on medicines developed through stem cell research, a practice that is illegal in some countries.

After a series of delays, the European Parliament is set to vote on Wednesday (25 April) on the new EU regulation on so called "advanced therapies" - gene therapy, adult stem cell therapy and tissue engineering.

All three of them are based on the principle of replacing the abnormal body parts (genes, cells or tissues) affected by various diseases with healthy ones.

The stem cell therapy is the most controversial as it can involve cells being extracted from human embryos - a practise illegal in some countries, such as Poland and Italy.

Still, experts argue that it is crucial for the treatment of blindness, spinal cord injury, as well as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

At the moment, rules on the authorisation of the new therapies vary across the EU's 27 member states and most stakeholders claim that such differences hamper research and prevent access for patients from some countries to modern medical treatment which could save their lives.
by Fran on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 12:25:02 AM EST
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An interesting issue. I love the idea of "ethically unaccepotable" products. How about the ethics of promoting suffering and death from curable disorders ?

Why do we need these superstitious goat-worshippers (or whatever jumped up hederow sprite they worship) to tell humanity how to deal with its issues ?

If they wanna follow the Bible, I want to see them follow ALL of it. No smorgasboard religions thank you, don't pick or choose they bits that fit your world projudices, go follow all of it. And when they realise how bloody contradictory, messed up, hate-filled, genocide encouraging, misanthropic it all is, maybe they'll just shut the f*ck up.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 04:46:54 AM EST
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And when they realise how bloody contradictory, messed up, hate-filled, genocide encouraging, misanthropic it all is, maybe they'll just shut the f*ck up.

Yes, but rather too many of them seem to like those parts the best of all.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 06:43:20 AM EST
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