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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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A process which involves removal of a stem cell from a human embryo at the blastocyst stage, entailing the destruction of that embryo, cannot be patented

The use of human embryos for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes which are applied to the human embryo and are useful to it is patentable, but their use for purposes of scientific research is not patentable

Mr Oliver Brüstle is the holder of a patent, filed on 19 December 1997, which concerns isolated and purified neural precursor1 cells produced from human embryonic stem cells used to treat neurological diseases. According to the information supplied by Mr Brüstle, there are already clinical applications, particularly for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

On application by Greenpeace e.V., the Bundespatentgericht (Federal Patent Court, Germany) ruled that
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VATICAN – Bishops against embryonic stem cell research. Church says Galileo Galilei matter was a misunderstanding

“Behind the embryonic stem cell war is just a war of patents,” led an article in the Osservatore Romano newspaper by Angelo Vescovi, a geneticist at the Niguarda Hospital in Milan and a professor at the Università Bicocca, who has always been against embryonic stem cell research and supporter of ‘law 40’ (recently declared unconstitutional by authorities).

“The production of embryonic stem cells by reprogramming adult cells discovered recently is not only better than methods that use human embryos, but is also based on new techniques, which are not protected by patents that currently govern the use of stem cells
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EUROPE – Misleading advertisements about vegetable stem cells halted

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Misleading advertisements by Swedish company Labo promising hair growth and to remove wrinkles have been pulled. The jury of the self-regulating body for the advertising industry (IAP) ordered the advertisements, which were found in two important Italian newspapers, to be stopped since they were “in violation of article 2 of the self-regulatory code for advertisements”.

According to the group’s conclusions (ruling number 13/09), the statements made in the message, as noted by the IAP Surveillance Committee, “did not overstate, they were misleading”.

This is due to the fact that “they were characterized by a technical and scientific language
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