Scientists from around the world have produced a set of global guidelines for stem cell research, which they hope will aid collaboration and progress in the field. But some researchers have greeted the guidelines with skepticism, unconvinced that they will achieve universal standards.Sixty researchers, ethicists, scientific journal editors, and lawyers from 14 countries met last week for the first time in Cambridge, UK, and established principles that they believe will be useful for researchers in countries with minimal regulations, such as China or South Korea. The principles resemble regulations in the UK, which has adopted a tight regulatory framework for this research. The group also set forth recommendations for maintaining the integrity of the research, and encouraging governments with restrictive rules to become more lenient.?This consensus is giving guidance on how to do things properly,? Robin Lovell-Badge, developmental geneticist at the National Institute for Medical Research in London, who...

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