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Portugal: New Regulation for Stem Cell Research

(Mar. 1, 2011) The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative diseases and diseases that cause irreversible destruction of tissues and organs.

The purpose of the bill is to create the necessary conditions to develop scientific research on stem cells in Portugal. It aims to strengthen the country's institutions for scientific research and scientific production in this field, stimulate innovation and development of new products and processes, remove unjustified obstacles to research, and attract talented professionals to the field. The proposal will soon be submitted to the National Council of Ethics for the Sciences of Life for its opinion. (Novas Regras para Investigação Científica com Células Estaminais de Origem Humana, Government of Portugal website (Feb. 24, 2011),