Sam Schmidt talks with Michele Rahal about Stem Cell Research and the current administration with President Obama
In February 2007 EuroNews, the channel of reference on EU-related news, came to the Centre for Stem Cell Biology at Sheffield University in Great Britain to film for a broadcast about the EU’s reconfirmation of stem cell research funding. Professor Peter Andrews leads from Sheffield the EU-funded €12m “ESTOOLS” FP6 Integrated Project involving 19 other European labs, both academic and SMEs. The broadcast went out in March 2007 and highlights the aims of such research ultimately to enable the development of cures for serious illnesses. Titled “Human dignity and stem cell research in the EU”, the programme also explains the range of ethical standpoints within Europe over the fate of surplus human embryonic stem cells created by IVF treatments – a theme of debate between experts and members of the European Parliament, causing divisions within all the political parties. Peter Andrews was joined for the filming at the CSCB by Timothy Kirkhope, the Yorkshire & Humberside member in the EU Parliament and leader of the Conservatives there.
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