LONDON — The UK is fast becoming "the obvious home" for stem cell research because it has the right mix of tight regulation and sound infrastructure, a conference in London was told yesterday.

The description came from a senior Department of Health executive, director of research Sir John Pattison, who pledged that the government would do all it could to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of stem cell science.

He told a conference in London organised by the Medical Research Council that the setting up of the world's first national stem cell bank in the UK was further evidence that the country is at the cutting edge of this promising new scientific era.

"It seems to me that the future looks bright and the Department of Health continues to work with scientists to ensure that it remains so. We want to see a bank through which a range...

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