French Senate backs embryonic stem cell, and embryo research

“The French Senate voted 8 April to explicitly allow research on embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and embryos, amending part of a bill revising the country’s bioethics law. The vote goes against the government’s original bill, passed by the parliament in a vote in February, which would have maintained the status quo of a partial ban on such research. The bill will now go to second readings in both parliament and the Senate over the coming year, so the final outcome remains unclear …” (more)

[Declan Butler, The Great Beyond, 11 April]

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