Stem cell research in the UK has taken a new turn. Just after the hybrid human cloning get approval in the country, a leading British scientist decided to go France to conduct research because he finds the nation too focused on embryonic stem cell research.
Colin McGuckin, a professor of regenerative medicine at Newcastle University and expert on the use of adult stem cells. McGuckin will take a position at the University of Lyon in January and bring along with him a 10-member research team, including fellow scientist Nico Forraz.There, McGuckin and his crew will open one of the largest institutes devoted to adult stem cells and cord blood cells in the world.
In an interview to the Times, McGuckin said,
“(France) is very supportive of adult stem cells because they know that these are the things that are in the clinic right now and will be more likely in the clinic.A vast amount of money in the UK from the Government has gone into embryonic stem-cell research with not one patient having being treated, to the detriment of (research into) adult stem cells, which has been severely underfunded.”
Dr. David Prentice, a biologist and fellow at the Family Research Council, told LifeNews.com that McGuckin’s leaving the UK is yet another example of how embryonic stem cells are given a misplaced priority.