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First stem cell bank in the world is opened in UK

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7451.1277-a (Published 27 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1277
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The first stem cell bank in the world opened last week in the United Kingdom, with the aim of providing an international resource for storing, characterising, and supplying ethically approved, quality controlled, stem cell lines for research and, ultimately, for treatment.


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    The stem cell bank will help scientists understand the processes that switch these cells into specialised types

    Credit: DR GARY GAUGLER/SPL

    The bank is being run by the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control—a government funded organisation involved in quality assurance of research related to biological medicines.

    Its key aims are to improve access to high …

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