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Medical News & Perspectives
July 23/30, 2003

UK Licenses Human Embryo Creation

JAMA. 2003;290(4):449-450. doi:10.1001/jama.290.4.449

The United Kingdom (UK) has granted a license to Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, to create human embryos for stem cell research via parthenogenesis, a "virgin birth" technique that jolts oocytes into a fertilized state without sperm. The license also allows the institute—former home of Dolly the sheep, which died in February—and its lead cloning researcher, Ian Wilmut, PhD, to derive stem cells from embryos created for in vitro fertilization (IVF) .