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REPORT ON HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH

REPORT ON HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Brussels, 3.4.2003SEC(2003) 441
COMMISSION STAFF WORKING PAPERREPORT ON HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH
 
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Executive summary…………………………………………………………………...4Introduction…………….……………………………………………………………151.Chapter 1: Origin and characteristics of human stem cells and potential applicationfor stem cell research..............................................................................................171.1.Origin and characteristics of human stem cells.......................................................171.2.Plasticity of human somatic stem cells....................................................................191.3.Potential application of human stem cell research...................................................201.4.Novel stem cell based therapies..............................................................................221.5.Scientific and technical obstacles to overcome before realising the potential clinicaluses of novel human stem cell based therapy..........................................................221.6.Examples of novel stem cell based therapies, which are currently subject to extensiveresearch..................................................................................................................232.Chapter 2: Human embryonic stem cell research....................................................262.1.Origin and characteristics of human embryonic stem cells......................................262.2.Possible sources for human embryonic stem cells...................................................262.3.Growing human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory..........................................272.4.The current advantages and limitations of human embryonic stem cells and humansomatic stem cells...................................................................................................282.5.Examining the need for new human embryonic stem cell lines...............................302.6.Developments regarding establishment of human stem cell banks and registries.....313.Chapter 3: Governance of human embryonic stem cell research..............................343.1.The ethical issues at stake.......................................................................................343.2.Regulations in EU Member States regarding human embryonic stem cell research.383.3.New regulations under discussion in EU Member States........................................443.4.Regulations in some non-EU countries regarding human embryonic stem cellresearch..................................................................................................................463.5.Governance of stem cell research in the context of FP6..........................................483.6.Social scrutiny and dialogue...................................................................................514.Chapter 4: Socio-economic aspects........................................................................53GLOSSARY........................................................................................................................56ANNEX A: Biology of human development........................................................................60ANNEX B: Possibilities to overcome immune rejection responses in stem cell therapy........62
 
3ANNEX C: Examples of available human embryonic stem cell lines...................................64ANNEX D: Details regarding provisions in non-EU countries relating to human embryonicstem cell research...................................................................................................66ANNEX E: Opinion No.15 of the European Group on Ethics regarding ethical aspects of human stem cell research and use E - Opinion EGE...............................................70ANNEX F: Statement for the minutes of the Council meeting 30 September 2002...............84

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