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UK National Stem Cell Network
THE UK NATIONAL Stem Cell Network (UKNSCN) is an independent body that aims to promote high—level research across the various disciplines of stem cell science, disseminate United Kingdom (UK) stem cell research results, and speed the translation of these results into clinical applications. The historical foundation of UK stem cell research goes back to 1981; in that year, Professor Sir Martin Evans, in Cambridge, became the first researcher to identify and isolate mouse embryonic stem cells. After this seminal advance, many centers of excellence were established across the country, among which were the Wellcome Centre for Stem Cell Research in Cambridge, the Institute for Stem Cell Research in Edinburgh, and the Centre for Life in Newcastle. In 2002, the United Kingdom Stem Cell Bank (UKSCB) was set up—the first in the world. On March 16, 2005, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown announced the launch of the UK Stem Cell ...