Island’s first stem cell manufacturing centre approved at NUI Galway

Posted in Research on January 27th, 2014 by steve

“Stem cells can be manufactured for human use for the first time in Ireland, following Irish Medicines Board licensing of a new facility in Galway …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 27 January]

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The stem cell revolution

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Despite advances in some stem cell treatments, others are not progressing as we are often led to believe and Ireland is behind the curve on creating an environment conducive to research …” (more)

[Bette Browne, Medical Independent, 28 February]

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Foundation calls for action on stem-cell legislation

Posted in Legal issues, Research on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“The Irish Stem Cell Foundation has warned that current restrictions on research in Ireland are preventing inward investment in the bio-tech sector …” (more)

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Ireland’s Biotech Sector Facing Great Challenges

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2012 by steve

“While the future looks bright for Ireland’s IT sector, there are some clouds on the horizon for biotechnology. With a number of drug patents due to expire over the next few years, government and business leaders are bracing for what could translate into huge losses for Irish exports …” (more)

[John Farrell, Forbes, 17 March]

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Stem cells – where are we now?

Posted in Research on January 27th, 2012 by steve

“Stem cells: two small words that can invoke enormous hype, hope and sometimes confusion. In theory harnessing them could open up new therapies for a range of medical conditions. In practice it’s a complex field, strewn with technical and, in some cases, ethical difficulties …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 27 January]


Keeping politicians out of the research lab

Posted in Legal issues, Research on April 18th, 2011 by steve

“Here’s something that probably won’t make things easier for academic researchers. Republican Party members of the Michigan legislature have inserted a provision into a piece of legislation that will force the state’s universities to report regularly on how they are using stem cells in research …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 April]

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The Stem-Cell Sheriff

Posted in Legal issues, Life on April 5th, 2011 by steve

“Stephen Sullivan is an Irish stem cell researcher working in the USA. He is a strong advocate for embryonic stem cell research in Ireland, and all the other types of stem cell research. He is passionate about his work, and believes stem cells have the capacity to alleviate human suffering. However, looking at the Irish situation in particular, he says he is disturbed that there are no laws governing stem cells …” (more)

[Seán Duke, Science Spinning, 5 April]


Stem-cell inventions cannot be patented

Posted in Legal issues on April 3rd, 2011 by steve

“The use of human embryos for industrial or commercial purposes is a very controversial and sensitive subject. Stem-cell researchers all over the world are attempting to patent their discoveries, and the ethics and legalities of this were examined recently by the Advocate General (AG) of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) …” (more)

[John Savage, Irish Medical Times, 3 April]

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Hidden toll of embryo ethics war

Posted in Legal issues, Research on March 14th, 2011 by steve

“At its heart, the ongoing legal battle to block US federal funding for research on human embryonic stem (ES) cells seeks to protect embryos. But Nature has learned that in a bitter irony, the dispute seems to be holding up research on lines of human ES cells that can be derived without destroying embryos …” (more)

[Heidi Ledford, Nature, 14 March]


European Court of Justice rejects stem cell patents

Posted in Legal issues on March 11th, 2011 by steve

“The European Court of Justice today issued a preliminary opinion that procedures involving established human embryonic stem (hES) cell lines are not patentable …” (more)

[Alison Abbott , Nature, 10 March]

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Warning over stem cell research in Ireland

Posted in Legal issues, Research on March 7th, 2011 by steve

“Fine Gael’s stance on stem cell research will further isolate Irish scientists who already work in a legal vacuum, Nature magazine has warned …” (more)

[Susan Mitchell, Sunday Business Post, 6 March]


Failing to give full picture on stem cell research

Posted in Research on March 2nd, 2011 by steve

“Dr Stephen Sullivan (Feb 18) calls for legislation to regulate the use of stem cells in Ireland. Dr Sullivan is a Director of the Irish Stem Cell Foundation, a group that campaigns on behalf of embryonic stem cell research …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Examiner, 2 March]


Irish election raises questions for stem cell research

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2011 by steve

“The Fianna Fail party, in power in Ireland since 1997, had supported science well enough over the last decade or so to allow the small country to dramatically raise its international profile. This year it even scraped into the top twenty science-producing countries in terms of citations per research paper. Irish scientists now have to worry about whether this progress will be maintained under Fine Gael …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, The Great Beyond, 28 February]

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Stem Cell Research

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 21st, 2011 by steve

“Fine Gael policy department confirmed to me today that they are opposed to embryological stem cell research. I specifically asked if that means that Fine Gael in government will defund existing stem cell research …” (discussion thread)

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Lack of stem cell laws puts patients at risk

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 18th, 2011 by steve

“The current void of stem cell legislation in Ireland puts patients at unnecessary risk and expense, deters investment and expertise coming to Ireland, allows the general public to be easily confused about stem cells, and impairs Ireland’s capacity to do internationally competitive R&D in a growing number of areas …” (more)

[Stephen Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 18 February]


Fine Gael’s stance on Stem Cell research

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2011 by steve

“This has been floating around Twitter, someone on sent FG an email asking them about a few social issues and got this response …” (discussion thread)

[, 17 February]

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Stem cell research

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 11th, 2011 by steve

“The Labour manifesto also confirms the party’s intention to regulate scientific stem cell research. #ge11” (tweet)

[RTÉ Election, 11 February]

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US stem cell research harmed by uncertainty

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 3rd, 2011 by steve

“The legal tangle over the status of human embryonic stem cell research in the United States has slowed stem cell research as a whole, reports a survey released today in Cell Stem Cell …” (more)

[Erika Check Hayden, The Great Beyond, 2 February]

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Patents, Not Just Politics, Create Obstacles to University Stem-Cell Research

Posted in Legal issues on January 24th, 2011 by steve

“For the past several years, scientists who see limitless medical benefits from stem-cell research have battled through hard limits to their ability to pursue their work. The problem is not just the political debate on whether such research is ethical …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 January]

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Key oral arguments made in stem cell case

Posted in Research on December 6th, 2010 by steve

“The attempt by two adult stem cell researchers to quash US funding for human embryonic stem cell research reached a critical juncture this morning, as a high-profile appeals court heard key oral arguments in the case …” (more)

[Meredith Wadman, The Great Beyond, 6 December]

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