The Scotsman reports on the launch of the new EuroStemCell project. The project leaders aim to build a European stem cell research industry to rival those in the US and Asia. This is a good thing, needless to say, but the project participants face many of the same uphill battles against anti-research legislation experienced in America. Germany and France have enacted particularly restrictive laws that prohibit most promising research in this field, and the UK is one of the few European countries in which meaningful stem cell research can proceed at all. Regular readers may recall attempts in 2003 to ban stem cell research in the European Parliament, efforts that fortunately met with failure.