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Stem cell story without end

Germany continued its zig-zag path towards a policy on human embryonic stem cell research, as a majority of Chancellor Schroeder's a National Ethics Council last week voted in favor of the import of human embryonic stem cells, albeit with strict regulations.

The affirmative vote of 14 of the 25 ethics panelists came as the German central public funding organization for academic research, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), indicated that it once again is likely to postpone its decision about funding research projects involving the import of human embryonic stem cells. DFG President Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker last week asked DFG's board members to move the topic from their Dec. 7 meeting