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Israel and Stem Cells

Israel and Stem Cells

In the Israeli stem cell arena – contrary to what many expected – adult stem cells (ASCs) seem to be outdoing the embryonic ones (ESCs). Israeli researchers were among the pioneering developers of ESC technologies, due in part to relatively unrestricted government and societal support. Unlike the US and many European countries, where political leaders opposed the use of human embryonic cells for research on the basis of Christian religious beliefs, in Israel, rabbinical authorities supported scientific exploration in this area for a positive reason, as well as for the lack of a negative one. Orthodox Jewish belief maintains that  … Read more