The British government is launching the world's first embryonic stem
cell bank, which will collect, manage, and supply "ethically approved," quality-controlled
existing and new stem cell lines derived from human embryos, as well as adult
and fetal stem cell lines. The bank will be set up by the United Kingdom National
Institute for Biological Standards and Control at a facility near London,
with £2.6 million (about $4 million) over 3 years from the Medical Research
Council (MRC) and the Biological Sciences Research Council.
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