UK fights over nat'l stem cell network

Widespread disagreement over how network should run and what it should do stymies progress

Stephen Pincock
Jul 6, 2006
UK scientists are struggling to create a national network for stem cell science, as a lack of consensus about how such a network should operate is significantly limiting progress. Still, participants have managed to come to agreement over some preliminary steps, suggesting the initiative is moving forward.At a day-long meeting in London on Wednesday, roughly 70 delegates -- including scientists and patient advocates -- contemplated proposals for a new national framework to foster interaction across different stem cell disciplines. But a morning of debate revealed a distinct lack of consensus, said Chris Mason from University College London and co-founder of the London Regenerative Medicine Network. "We really got nowhere," he told The Scientist. "There were a lot of people with a lot of different views in the room."The idea of setting up a national network was proposed in a government report published last December. In that document,...

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