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Turkey

STEM CELL RESEARCH in Turkey ranges from fundamental science to clinical studies using adult stem cells in coordination with the National Institutes of Health in the United States and other international partners. Though the legislation prohibits embryonic stem cell research and is considering prohibition on human cloning, researchers have access to public funding for research.

Laws, Regulation, and Funding

Turkish law is in line with European law on protecting human research subjects. The destruction of embryos to create stem cells and research on human embryonic stem cells is prohibited. These laws agree with Article 18 of the Council of Europe Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, prohibiting the creation of human embryos for research purposes. Turkey also adopted a Convention on Biomedicine prohibiting creation for research purposes.

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