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Stem Cell Network of North Rhine
THE STEM CELL Network of North Rhine Westphalia (Kompetenznetzwerk Stammzellforschung; NRW) is a statewide organization of research facilities initiated by the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research, and Technology of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), the largest state in Germany. The network was formed to promote and create a common platform for stem cell research and to coordinate work and promote exchange of information while providing research funding, particularly for young researchers, and representing NRW in the field of international research. A second function is to provide information about the ethical, legal, and biomédical aspects of stem cell research to the general public to promote acceptance and broad—based dialogue on the risks and benefits involved in this type of research. The network has two working groups; one focuses on biomédical issues, the other on ethical, legal, and sociological issues. The network is governed by a five—member managing board; an advisory board, which ...