UCC to begin stem cell research

University College Cork has decided to begin embryonic stem cell research.

The decision was made at a meeting of the governing body today, making UCC the first university in the country to begin the controversial practice.

However, college authorities have said that any research using embryonic stem cells will be conducted under strict guidelines.

All projects must be approved by an ethical committee and must have substantial scientific merit.

All cells used will be from voluntary donors whose privacy will be protected.


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