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A whole host of ethical and legal issues are associated with stem cell research. Beginning with the status of the embryo, these also include the definition of a sensible balance between the protection of life on the one hand, and the freedom of scientific research on the other, not to mention aspects of patent law or the role of public debate.
One especially important factor is the legal framework. In Germany two laws in particular apply, when it comes to assessing legal issues in connection with stem cell research. These are the Law on the Protection of Embryos (EschG), and the Stem Cell Law or Law Ensuring the Protection of Embryos in Connection with the Import and Use of Human Embryo Stem Cells (StZG).

Laws and committee reports on stem cell research:

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