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Britain Urged to Expand Embryo Studies

Science  18 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5397, pp. 2167-2168
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5397.2167a

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Biologists in Britain who want to use human stem cells to develop new medical therapies say the chances for government support are looking brighter. They're encouraged by an opinion issued in London by a senior advisory panel urging the U.K. government to enact a new law to ban "reproductive cloning" of humans while permitting a limited type of cloning for research on new methods of treating disease. Some U.S. scientists hope the report will become a model for other countries.