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Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz. 2008 Sep;51(9):950-3. doi: 10.1007/s00103-008-0620-8.

[Ethical justification for human stem cell research. The view of the German Central Ethics Committee for Stem Cell Research].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, BRD.


According to the German Stem Cell Act the Central Ethics Committee for Stem Cell Research (ZES) advices the competent authority (Robert Koch Institute) as to whether an application to import human embryonic stem-cells for research is "ethically justifiable" ("ethisch vertretbar"). The law does indeed specify some conditions of this justification, but without precisely defining them. This article clarifies the committee's understanding of ethically justifiable research. It deals with misunderstandings of the law and problems involved in its application.

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