Giovedì, 17 Ottobre 2019
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Law passed legalizing stem-cell research and treatment


Rome, May 22 - The Italian Senate overwhelmingly
approved a law on Wednesday that legalizes stem-cell therapy and
With 259 yes votes, two nays and six abstaining, the new
law permits those who have begun stem-cell treatments to
continue them.
The law also budgets three million euros for an 18-month
stem-cell therapy research programme sponsored by the health
ministry, set to begin July 1.
The Istituto Superiore di Sanita', a state health
institution for research and education, will coordinate
research, and work with the Italian pharmaceutical agency AIFA
and the National Transplant Centre.
The law also postpones closure of judiciary psychiatric
hospitals until April 1, 2014.
The stem-cell law officially approves what is already the
practice in at least one Italian hospital, despite previous
court rulings against stem-cell therapy.
A toddler at the Brescia hospital in northern Italy has
been undergoing stem-cell treatment which the government
grudgingly approved of in March.
At the time, the health minister said it would be risky to
the child's health to stop treatments that were underway.
Stem-cell treatment, which is legal in Italy in
life-threatening instances, is contentious because it sometimes
involves the destruction of a human embryo.
Italy banned the use of embryos in stem-cell research in
2004, but in 2007 Italian researchers obtained adult stem-cells
which they said were as effective as those obtained from

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