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German Researchers Get Green Light, Just

Science  08 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5557, pp. 943
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5557.943a

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BERLIN AND BONN-- Germany's parliament last week approved some of the world's strictest regulations covering work with human embryonic stem (ES) cells. The new measure, approved on 30 January, prohibits scientists in Germany from deriving human ES cell lines and "fundamentally bans" the import of these controversial cells. But researchers aren't despairing: They can import ES cells if they can demonstrate that there are no feasible alternative ways to conduct the research.