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TITLE Report on the Stem cell session at the conference held by Feam in
Rome on 22 May 2004
  Report_on_stem_cells.pdf (37.4 KB)
Document ID LIB495
Document type Scientific experts report/advice
Issue date 01/05/2004
Original language of the document English
Document produced by Federation of the European Academies of Medicine organisation visiting card
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Health


Short description  Stem cells have become of extreme interest for the possible applications in the cure of several diseases. Stem cells are defined as a compartment of cells that maintain throughout life the ability of self-renewal, are not committed to any specific cell type but can at any moment differentiate in one or more specialized cell type. Stem cells may easily be obtained from embryonic tissues and more recently several reports have shown that also adult tissues maintain a stem cell population (adult stem cell population) with similar features.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  The use of embryonic stem cells has in the past been prohibited because of ethical concerns
(Oviedo regulation of 1997) and this agreement has been enforced in several countries (most
of European countries). The possibility of employing human embryonic stem cell lines has
been explored mostly by US and UK laboratories. These cell lines, that have been made
available to researchers, present problem ...

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