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Number 12, May 2010
- Country report on freedom of research: South Africa. The country of the month is South Africa, surveyed by the students of Bryant University, RI, USA. Last update: March 2009. According to the report in South Africa the legislation on "ethical" and controversial issues is, generally speaking, quite open. For instance: stem cell research is permitted, therapeutic cloning utilizing adult or umbilical cord stem cells may be authorized under certain conditions, surrogate motherhood is also permitted but only for married couples, abortion is available to anyone, including minors, at no charge to patients. 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.
- “Bear bile: Bad for bears, bad for humans". An article by the Media Manager of Animals Asia Foundation www.animalsasia.org is calling on the authorities in China and Vietnam to look urgently into the health risks of consuming bear bile that is sold as a cure-all in these two countries. “Animals Asia argues that as well as being unconscionably cruel, harmful to humans and a threat to the survival of the Asiatic black bear as a species, bear bile farming is also totally unnecessary. Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), the medicinal ingredient in bear bile, can be synthesised easily and affordably.”. Read the full article by Angela Leary.
- The High Committee of Religious Affairs sets out conditions to artificial reproduction in Turkey. The chairman of the Turkish High Committee of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Hamza Aktan stresses that they “do not consider as legitimate any method like womb hiring, sperm donation, ovarium transplant”. Read the full article.
- “Potential impact of advances in stem cell based therapies for Africa”. “We tried to understand what is the need of the average person in Senegal. Do the people need robotic surgery on the heart or rather simplified stem cell application offering a cheaper possibility to get access to advanced technology?”. Read on line the full text by Marco Traub, Transeuropean Stem Cell Therapy Consortium (TESCT), Switzerland, United Kingdom (from the proceedings of the Second Meeting of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research).
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