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First UK patents for cloning issued to creators of Dolly the sheep

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 29 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:270
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The first UK patents for cloning methods were issued last week to researchers at the Roslin Institute, near Edinburgh, Scotland, covering critical aspects of the technology used to create Dolly the sheep.

    The patents cover the use of quiescent cells in nuclear transfer and any cloned animals produced as a result. They include claims that cover the possible use of the technology in therapeutic cloning of human cells.

    The patents (numbered GB2318578 and GB2331751) are jointly owned by the institute where the technology was developed (the Roslin Institute)and the bodies that funded the …

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