Brazil's top court rules in favor of embryonic stem cell research

  • Brazil
  • 06/03/2008
  • Migalhas

Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that scientists can conduct embryonic stem cell research, which holds the promise of curing Parkinson’s disease and diabetes but raises ethical concerns about the limits on human life. The law opens the way for research with embryos resulting from in-vitro fertilization that have been frozen for at least three years. The court’s decision drew immediate fire from the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops, which said it “regretted” the ruling, comparing it to a death sentence. Advocates have said that a favorable Supreme Court ruling could make Brazil Latin America’s leader in stem cell research.