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UK doles out stem cell funds

Fifty-seven new grants awarded as search for new treatments intensifies

Pat Hagan(pat.hagan@btconnect.com)

Britain's investment in stem cell research took a major step forward this week with the news that a further £16.5 million is being issued in grants.

Little more than a week after the country's pioneering stem cell bank opened, fifty-seven new projects have been given the go-ahead as the search for ways to utilize stem cells in the treatment of diseases like diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer disease gathers pace.

The successful applicants ranged from a team at the National Institute of Medical Research in north London, who want to see if stem cells from the lining of the nose can stimulate regeneration of the spinal cord, to investigations at the University of Birmingham into the plasticity of adult stem cells.

The awards were announced on behalf of Research Councils UK—a strategic partnership of the seven leading research councils, including the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Biotechnology and Biological...

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