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European court rules on human embryos

Those with a concern for the legal status of the human embryo will be interested to read the European Court of Human Rights' recent judgement in Parrillo v Italy. The applicant asked for her five IVF embryos (whose father is deceased) to be released for stem-cell research. The director of the fertility clinic refused the request, citing Italian law against such research. The court ruled that the applicant's right to a private life (under the European human rights convention) had not been violated.