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U.K. Backs Use of Embryos, Sets Vote

Science  25 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5483, pp. 1269-1270
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5483.1269a

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LONDON-- The U.K. government last week endorsed a report that advocates tapping embryos for their stem cells, unspecialized cells that may ultimately serve as seed material for growing tissues to treat diseases. It also opens the door to cloning human embryos for research--an activity that has triggered sharp debate. Legislation implementing the recommendations will go to Parliament for a vote this fall.

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