April 24, 2024

Spain to allow embryo research

It was not just Spain’s foreign policy which changed after the Madrid bombing swept a Socialist government into power. Health minister Elena Salgado told a medical conference in Granada this week that embryonic stem cell research would be allowed in Spain from the end of October. The only remaining step is drafting an informed consent protocol.

Research will be done at the Institute of Regenerative Medicine in Catalonia and in the National Stem Cell Bank in Andalucia. The move has been vigorously opposed by the Catholic Church, but Ms Salgado dismissed its protests. “The Church has the right to inform its faithful but the government has to legislate for everyone,” she said.