The French Constitutional Council has determined that a stem-cell research law approved by the National Assembly in July 2013 is constitutional, thus rejecting an effort launched by conservatives, who introduced some 300 amendments during debate, to invalidate it. The new law will reportedly make it easier to conduct research on human embryos and stem cells, bypassing approval from the national biomedicine agency, but will still require compliance with each of four criteria: the research has scientific relevance, it is performed for medical purposes, it cannot be done without resort to the use of embryos and embryonic stem cells, and it otherwise respects ethical principles. See Science Insider, July 17, 2013; Reuters, August 1, 2013.