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
STEM CELL RESEARCH in Denmark is able to progress as a result of government support with appropriate legislation and funding, a strong scientific research foundation, and international cooperative relationships and partnerships. Stem cell researchers benefit from networking relationships within the country, with the Danish Stem Cell Research Center, regional relationships through the ScanBalt organization to enhance biotechnology within the Nordic and Baltic sea region, and international affiliations. Human embryonic stem cell research is permitted in Denmark, including with stem cell lines derived from leftover embryos created for in vitro fertilization. However, Danish law prohibits the creation of embryos specifically for research or procurement of human embryonic stem cells, and it also prohibits reproductive and therapeutic cloning. The University of Southern Denmark was founded in 1966 as the Odense University, and through the years, the university has expanded and incorporated additional schools, including the National Institute of Public Health in 2007, ...