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Scientists call for funding to get stem cell research to the market

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5265 (Published 23 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5265
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    Scientists have called for more government funding for regenerative medicine amid fears that the UK will lose out in the race to get promising research to the market.

    Regenerative medicine aims to use adult or embryonic stem cells to replace or regenerate human cells, tissue, or organs and restore normal function. Much of the research is still at an early stage; but its potential applications include Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, age related macular degeneration, and cartilage damage.

    The UK established itself as a world leader in stem cell research during the past decade when the Bush administration imposed severe restrictions on the use of embryonic stem cells in the United States. A lack of UK government funding, however, may mean top researchers will be …

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