House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd March 2010.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 19 May 2009 (WA 290), how the statement in that Answer that the aim of the research at Newcastle funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) is to "develop a reproducible method of generating human embryonic stem cells following the transfer of the nucleus of an adult somatic cell into an oocyte" relates to the statement in the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 10 March 2010 (WA 74-5) that the "MRC does not currently support any research which aims to derive patient-specific stem cells by human somatic cell nuclear transfer".

Photo of Lord Drayson Lord Drayson Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and 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)

As stated in the previous Answer of 5 May 2009 (WA95), the MRC has funded one project relating to human somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). The award, held by the University of Newcastle, aims to improve the efficiency of SCNT in human oocytes. The project will not derive stem cells for use in the treatment of patients.

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