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The World in Medicine
October 9, 2002

Banking on Stem Cells

JAMA. 2002;288(14):1708. doi:10.1001/jama.288.14.1708

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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