South Korea Wednesday conditionally lifted a ban on stem cell research using human eggs, three years after outlawing the practice because a scientist was found to have faked his work.
The national committee on bioethics said it agreed to approve a new research project if scientists meet certain conditions.
The committee banned such research in 2006 after Hwang Woo-Suk's claims that he created the first human stem cells through cloning were ruled to be bogus.
A team from Seoul's Cha General Hospital had sought approval for its stem cell project using aborted human eggs to develop cures for grave human diseases.
"The hospital will be allowed to go ahead with its project if it meets four conditions," a committee official told AFP. He said details would be announced later.
South Korean scientists have urged the government to allow embryonic stemcell research, especially after US President Barack Obama this year lifted a ban on federal funding for such research.