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Number 11, April 2010
- IVF restrictions in Turkey. “The regulation prepared by the Ministry of Health on assisted-reproduction therapeutic applications and assisted-reproduction therapy centers came into effect on March 3, 2010. In summary, I am concerned that the regulations infringe on personal freedom”, says Prof. Asli Tolun, PhD, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Boğaziçi University, Turkey and participant in the first meeting of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research. Read more
- “Three Courageous Italian Scientists — An Example for Louisiana” - Professor Elena Cattaneo’s battle for freedom of research with human embryonic stem cells in Italy is emblematic, mainly for Louisiana, according to Barbara Forrest, Department of History & Political Science, Southeastern Louisiana University, USA. For instance the creation of an embryo produced by introducing a human nucleus into a nonhuman egg is outlawed there (see Act 108), along with human somatic cell nuclear transfer. Violators, according to Act 108, “shall be imprisoned at hard labor”. That act outlaws exactly the same kind of research that is presently licensed in the United Kingdom. Read more.
- Bitter conflicts on IVF in Poland. Poland is finally facing up to legislation in IVF, but not without bitter conflicts. Read a report by Simon Brown @ ESHRE - European Society on Human Reproduction and Embryology.
- “The experience of Spain for freedom of research”. “Research needs not only to be authorized but also ruled so that juridical consequences are clear for researchers or for whoever working on it. The political responsibility does not only consist in deciding what we can investigate, but how we fund that research”. Read on line the full text by Bernat Soria Escoms, then Spanish Minister of Health (from the proceedings of the Second Meeting of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research).
- Country report on freedom of research: SPAIN. The country of the month is Spain, surveyed by the students of Bryant University, RI, USA. According to the report: “Many of the researched topics are legal in Spain, though the government has heavy regulation and involvement in the use of contraceptives, stem cells and artificial insemination. There is enough freedom to perform experimentation and to conduct certain operations such as abortion; it is just to the extent to which you may do these things that is limited in Spain”. The report is still incomplete in some fields. You can help monitoring freedom of research and cure in your country and in the world. Any contribution will be fully acknowledged. Read more.
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