Embryology

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th July 2009.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 June (WA 10—11), whether funding for induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells is recorded under adult stem cell funding alone, under embryonic stem cell funding alone, under funding for research with both adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells, or in a different category; and whether funding for umbilical cord blood stem cells is categorised under adult stem cell funding.

Photo of Lord Drayson Lord Drayson Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Science and Innovation) (also in the Ministry of Defence)

The majority of government support for stem cell research is provided through the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

The MRC reports projects involving research for induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and umbilical cord blood cells primarily under the category of adult stem cell research. Around 10 per cent of the MRC's spending on research involving stem cells (based on spend for 2007-08) includes research projects involving a range of approaches and techniques including both adult and embryonic stem cells. Spend on such projects is reported evenly across both of the categories.

BBSRC funding for iPS cells was recorded under either adult stem cell funding alone, or funding for research with both adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells, as appropriate. No iPS cell research was recorded under embryonic stem cell funding alone or any other category. BBSRC did not report any funding on umbilical cord blood stem cells.

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