October 3, 2023

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The Embryo Protection Act no longer serves its purpose

Initial reports two weeks ago made headlines, and some of the findings are now under peer review: a team of researchers Magdalena Zernica-Goetz From Cambridge and set around Jacob H. Hanna From Rehovot they were able to independently produce artificial human embryos using stem cell research techniques. They used neither egg nor sperm cells, but so-called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), which can be obtained from skin cells, for example. Scientists want to use it to examine the first stage of embryonic development. They describe the embryos as model systems and want them to develop over 14 days. The 14-day period is an internationally accepted convention for the development of human embryos in vitro.

Experts are now debating whether this research should be allowed in Germany – and they find few answers. According to the medical lawyer Jochen Tobitz Entities derived from iPS cells are not covered by the applicable stem cell law. “Even if the embryo-like structures created are completely viable, they will be The current version of the Embryo Protection Act is not applicable“Because it would not have appeared through fertilization,” says the executive director of the Institute for German, European and International Medical Law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim.

German scientists are listening to them less and less

This dilemma not only causes uncertainty and frustration among scientists and reproductive medicine professionals with this specific research question. then Artificial embryos are just one example of its many shortcomings. “We have long since gotten to a point where research and IVF have advanced so far that the Embryo Protection Act from the 1990s does not do justice to the findings or current research issues,” he says. Daniel PeterManaging Director of the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN), on TableMedia.

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