Stem cell research approved.

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A new law allowing limited embryonic stem cell research came into force last month, bringing Switzerland in line with other European nations. The new legislation was approved by twothirds of voters in November after a long and fierce debate.

Stem cells are unspecialised cells, which can develop into any part of the human body. Researchers believe it will eventually be possible to use them to shore up degenerating organs of the body and stave off Alzheimer or Parkinson's diseases, among others. The Swiss law allows researchers to take stem cells from human embryos that were created for in vitro fertilisation, but not actually needed.


Vehemently opposed by antiabortion groups and critics of genetic research, the Swiss provisions are drawn along the same lines as...

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