Table: Stem Cell Research around the World

GERMANY

Research is forbidden on German human embryonic stem cells but permitted on legally imported cells, and public funding is available for animal and adult embryonic stem cell research.

FRANCE

Set to introduce guidelines that permit human embryonic research for stem cell derivation but ban cloning.

ISRAEL

No formal laws and little public opposition. Researchers at two universities have created four stem cell lines and are working on deriving new ones.

BRITAIN

Human stem cell research is permitted for therapeutic purposes, using embryos left over from fertility treatments. Cloning of embryos for therapeutic research is permitted, and a publicly funded bank of human embryonic stem cell lines is likely within a year.

JAPAN

Rules pending that will allow research on human embryos left over from fertility treatments. Human cloning punishable with up to 10 years in jail and fines of $90,000.

SWEDEN

Sweden has created 10% of the total human embryonic stem cell cultures in existence. Research is allowed on embryos left over from fertility treatments.

SINGAPORE

Ethical guidelines likely to be introduced by yearend. National University of Singapore helped create six cell lines that are being commercialized by ES Cell International.

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