Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963954 | Print ISBN: 9781412959087 | Online ISBN: 9781412963954| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
ISRAEL IS A leading country in both adult and embryonic stem cell research as a result of having laws supportive of stem cell research that are derived from Judaic laws on healing and saving lives, funding from various public and private sources, and strong academic and clinical research institutions and professionals dedicated to advancing technology and improving patient outcomes. Israel has been active in stem cell research and involved in many breakthroughs in the discovery of human embryonic stem cell lines and maintaining stem cell lines for availability to researchers around the world; their stem cells are listed in the National Institutes of Health registry as qualifying for federally funded research. In 2001 a research team directed the differentiation of cultured embryonic cells in beta cells of the pancreas to make and secrete insulin. Israel is progressive regarding stem cell research, though for political reasons, they may abstain from voting ...