Australia has one of the most supportive stem cell research environments in the world, and researchers have made great strides in conducting innovative stem cell research and developing therapies for a host of diseases and conditions. In the early 1980s, Australian researchers were among the first in the world to use fertility drugs that led to live births. In 2001, the national government launched Backing Australia’s Ability, earmarking $3 billion for policy initiatives that included a new focus on stem cell research. In 2003, the government announced that it was investing $110 million over a 10-year period to establish Stem Cell Australia. That effort brought together experts from all of Australia to promote all aspects of stem cell research. In 2011, as funding for Stem ...

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