Jordan adopted new stem-cell law

In January, Jordan passed a law to control research and therapy using human stem cells derived from embryos — the first such regulation in the Arab and Islamic region. Rana Dajani, who is associate professor of molecular cell biology at the Hashemite University in Zarqa, Jordan, and was part of the legislative initiative, writes Jordan has become

Arab Spring and scientific revival

The upheaval in multiple Arab countries, known as the “Arab Spring”, is certain to lead to new political structures in a part of the world hitherto dominated by monarchies and dictatorships. But this revolution against autocratic stability and despotism, which are largely responsible for keeping the Arab world in darkness, does not by itself guarantee