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Thanks to their research achievements, universities and polytechnics in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have an excellent reputation, both domestically and internationally. Activities in stem cell research are no exception, enjoying especially high esteem. Altogether NRW – through universities in Aachen, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Essen, Münster and Witten/Herdecke – covers virtually the whole spectrum of scientific issues in the field of adult and embryo stem cell research.

With the founding of the Stem Cell Network NRW, the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia is now in a position to coordinate and optimise statewide activities in stem cell research, while funding young researchers and representing NRW in the highly competitive field of international research.

Another key objective is the provision of information on biomedical, ethical and legal aspects as a prerequisite for public acceptance of stem cell research. This is important because the international competitiveness of biotech research has in the past benefited from broadly based dialogue on the chances and risks involved.

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