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ITALY – Regions deny federal government claim: never asked to modify stem cell ban

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The coordinator of the health commission of the Federal-Regional government conference, Enrico Rossi, spoke about the statements made by Undersecretary for Healthcare Ferruccio Fazio on the stem cell ban.

“In the Federal-Regional conference, which met on February 26,” said Rossi, Healthcare Councilman of Tuscany, “the agreement on the Employment, Healthcare, and Social Policy Minister’s proposal between the federal government, the regions, and the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano for 2008 regarding stem cell research, was ratified unanimously, and in that meeting, there were no requests to modify the text in a technical meeting between
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California Stem-cell Institute Makes First Development Grants

Five years after the passage of Proposition 71, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine is awarding grants for stem-cell research targeted at clinical applications. In what both the San Diego Union-Tribune and Knight Science Journalism Tracker are calling an “irony,” ten of the 14 grants are going to researchers working with adult stem-cells.

On Thursday, October 29, the New York Times reported: “In a tacit acknowledgment that the promise of human embryonic stem cells is still far in the future, California’s stem cell research program on Wednesday awarded grants intended to develop therapies using mainly other, less controversial cells.

“The $230
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ITALY – Government bans embryonic and ‘reprogrammed’ stem cell research

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A new stem cell ban advanced by the government and under discussion in the conference between the State and Regional governments, would contain the explicit exclusion of projects that study human embryonic stem cells, reports the Luca Coscioni Association.

“A ban such as this,” underlined the association in a note, “has no scientific foundation and is in contrast with the orientation of all of the leading countries in scientific research, now also including the USA. In the original version of the ban, prepared by a group of scientists instituted by the Berlusconi government did
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Stem cells concern biotech leader, but he says major issue is industry’s survival

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Arizona’s scientists and citizens are missing out on a potential lucrative source of research funds and medical benefits because of the state’s strict limits on embryonic stem-cell research, a top biotechnology official said.
James Greenwood, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Biotechnology Industry Organization, said that Arizona and other states that limit such research methods may not realize the benefits from President Barack Obama’s move earlier this month to reverse a ban on federal funding of the controversial research.

“That seems to be a no-brainer,” Greenwood said Friday of allowing research of stem cells that are harvested
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