Clinical grade stem cells are created by scientists in London

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 07 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8001
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

What is thought to be the world’s first clinical grade stem cells free of animal derived products have been created by scientists at King’s College London and submitted to the UK Stem Cell Bank.

The success marks an important step in the development of human embryonic stem cells for medical use, said Peter Braude, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at King’s College. But he cautioned that the research had already taken almost 10 years and that more work lay ahead before clinical trials could begin.

The news will provide a fillip to stem cell researchers, still shocked by the withdrawal last month of the US company Geron from stem cell research. Geron had launched one of the first clinical trials of stem cell treatment, aiming to repair severe spinal cord injury. …

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