Spain has moved to relax laws on stem cell research. The Socialist government decided to strip away some of the conditions on scientists work put in place by its Conservative predecessor.
It means research will now be allowed to be carried out on embryos created during fertility treatment which are no longer needed. Health Minister Elena Salgado announced the news, arguing that it was best to clear away the legal obstacles preventing scientists from pushing back the boundaries of knowledge. Stem cells have the potential to grow into any type of human cell or tissue and could help cure diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Government reseacher Enrique de la Rosa said: “The law is important as we can start applying what we have discovered in animals to humans.” The EU is divided over stem cell research – Britain backs it but other states, like Ireland and Italy say it is unethical.