Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Good News from Europe (for once)...

"Europe’s top court has banned patenting any stem-cell process that involves destroying a human embryo."

The ruling also produced what looks like a good definition, too, of the “human embryo” as meaning "any human ovum after fertilisation, any non-fertilised human ovum into which the cell nucleus from a mature human cell has been transplanted, and any non-fertilised human ovum whose division and further development have been stimulated by parthenogenesis".

While the judgement does not go far enough (destructive experiments on human embryos are still permitted) it is certainly a step in the right direction.

1 comment:

Left-footer said...

Could one hope it might be a straw in the wind?

Probably not.