Reuters: European Union ministers have just agreed to allow limited EU funding for stem cell research, but not for research that involves destroying human embryos, including for the procurement of stem cells. EU countries have widely differing laws and attitudes towards stem cell research, with Germany, Austria, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland and Slovakia taking a highly restrictive approach. More here and here.
P.S. Meanwhile, famed scientist Stephen Hawking (who suffers from motor neurone disease) has attacked the “reactionary” forces in Europe and the U.S. opposing stem cell research. He said: “The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection because the embryos are going to die anyway. It is morally equivalent to taking a heart transplant from a victim of a car accident.” And, in a statement to the Independent newspaper: “Europe should not follow the reactionary lead of President Bush…. Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease from which I and many others suffer.” (Full article here.)