In the Mideast, Pushing Back the Stem Cell Frontier

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Science  08 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5561, pp. 1818-1820
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5561.1818

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JERUSALEM AND HAIFA-- Ongoing controversy over the ethics of research involving human embryonic stem (ES) cells has meant that in many countries biologists have spent more time lobbying politicians and courting public opinion than they have in their labs learning about the cells. But thanks to liberal regulations governing embryo research and broad public support, Israeli scientists have been at the forefront of ES cell research. Because of their head start, Israeli scientists have helped set the pace for the rest of the world.