EU, Australian stem cell detours

In a move that will block the funding of European stem cell research for at least a year, the EU's Council of Ministers has overturned a compromise it had reached with the European Parliament on human embryonic stem cell research. Now it's the Council, not the Parliament, that is opposing such research and imposing a ban on funding.

When the EU Commission proposed the EU's 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, it was the Parliament that expressed concern about the program's emphasis on stem cell research. But while

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