Britain's groundbreaking stem cell bank is less than two weeks away from announcing its readiness to begin distributing embryonic cell lines, its chief executive Glyn Stacey said on Tuesday.By September 29, the bank will tell scientists the details of an initial six embryonic cell lines that have passed its stringent quality controls and are available for withdrawal, Stacey told The Scientist.The first batch will soon be joined by others. "The list will grow quite quickly," Stacey said. So far, roughly 40 cell lines have been accepted for deposit, about half from UK researchers, three from Australia and 17 from scientists at Harvard University. The bank was established in 2002 by the Medical Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council as a repository for all stem cell lines generated in the UK and many from overseas. All requests to deposit or withdraw lines must be given ethical...

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