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Scottish researchers apply for licence for human cloning

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:820
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Researchers from Edinburgh's Roslin Institute have applied for a licence to clone human embryos for the purpose of research into motor neurone disease. The team behind the application is the same group—led by Professor Ian Wilmut—that in 1996 cloned Dolly the sheep, the first successful cloning of a mammal.

    The licence, if granted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, will be Britain's second and the first to permit deliberate cloning of embryos with a disease.

    In August the authority granted Britain's first cloning licence to the Newcastle Centre for Life (BMJ 2004;329:417, 21 August) for the purpose of …

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