Willetts announces more cash for stem cell research

Posted on September 23, 2010 by


It’s international legislative stem cell day today. The Science Media Centre got together a group of stem cell researchers ahead of this to brief journalists.

Stem cell research is something the UK is good at, one of those areas singled out by Vince Cable as a focus for investment. And yesterday David Willetts announced more cash – the exact amount will have to wait on the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review but it’s likely to be around the £10 million mark. The discussion looks to have focused on the problems surrounding commercialisation of this research into money-making treatments that will help patients. BBC Health Correspondent Fergus Walsh’s blog gives a good rundown of the discussion.

But most reported are Sir Richard Sykes, Chair of the UK Stem Cell Foundation, concerns that British scientists would be attracted abroad to places where they are investing in and doing translation better.

Cuts threaten pioneering stem cell work, say scientists in the Guardian

Cuts threat to Britain’s stem cell supremacy in the Telegraph

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