Sunday, 18 May 2008

Gordon Brown Urges Support for Embryo and Stem Cell Research

Gordon Brown urges support for embryo and stem cell research Sunday, 18 May 2008 Scientists should be given the legal framework necessary to pursue cures for diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and cancer, the British PM Gordon Brown has said. Writing in the Observer newspaper today, Mr Brown said "we owe it to ourselves and future generations" to allow scientists to use properly regulated stem cell research. He said providing clear laws for researchers could save "millions of lives". Adult stem cells are already being used in treatments for conditions including leukaemia and heart disease. Scientists are close to breakthroughs that will allow embryonic stem cells to be used to treat a much wider range of conditions, especially those affecting the brain and nervous system. Mr Brown said that he has "deep respect" for those opposed to the research on religious grounds, and the proposed legal framework has been designed to be as clear as possible. The use of 'human admixed embryos', where human and animal genetic material is used together, will address the shortage of embryonic stem cells, he explained. "Let me be clear: if we want to sustain stem cell research and bring new cures and treatments to millions of people, I believe admixed embryos are necessary. The question for me is not whether they should exist, but how their use should be controlled." Read more: Why I believe stem cell researchers deserve our backing The Observer - Sunday May 18 2008 UK Department of Health Stem Cell pages ......... ZenMaster

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1 comment:

ZenMaster said...

The British government has survived two of the big challenges to its controversial plans to change the law on embryo research for the first time in 20 years.

A cross-party attempt to ban the creation of hybrid human-animal embryos was defeated on a free vote, by 336 to 176.

A bid to ban "saviour siblings" was voted down by 342 votes to 163.