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Stem cell centre in Scotland

28th September 2006

20072006_stem_cell1.jpgIt has been announced that a 'stem cell factory' is to be built in Scotland. The £2 million development will provide supplies of stem cells for use in medical research and therapy.

The factory, the first of its kind in Europe, will be funded and set up by Edinburgh University, the Roslin Institute and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.

The centre will initially be based at Roslin, which was the home of Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned adult mammal.  It will then relocate to the centre for biomedical research near the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The stem cell lines will be created from donated eggs and embryos and sold on a non-profit basis to academics, NHS Scotland and commercial companies. Stem cells are believed to have significant potential in the treatment of a wide range of illnesses and conditions.

It is hoped that by selling stem cell lines without intellectual property rights, it should be quicker and easier to test and develop medicines.

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