A coalition of leading funders of biomedical research, learned societies and patient groups, led by the Wellcome Trust, has issued a joint statement calling on the European Parliament to continue funding human embryonic stem cell research.
The statement calls for current provisions that allow for the funding of all types of stem cell research - including human embryonic stem cell research - to be maintained in the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.
EuroStemCell has been running in it's current form for four years now. In that time, we've developed a huge volume of information and resources about stem cell research -- films, fact sheets, FAQ, teaching tools and more -- in six languages.
To help you navigate that material, and find the resources and information you're interested in, we will be showcasing selections of content by topic over the coming months. This month, we're featuring embryonic stem cells.
The UK Stem Cell Bank was established in 2003 to store, characterise and supply ethically approved stem cells for medical research and treatment. It was the first government funded public service collection of stem cells and it has played an important role in developing and maintaining standards in the UK and internationally. So what exactly does it do and why do we need this type of stem cell banking? Glyn Stacey, Director of the UK Stem Cell Bank, tells us more.