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Scientists at King's College create UK's first embryonic stem cell line.

Scientists at King's College in the UK announced in mid-August that they have created Britain's first human embryonic stem cell line. The research team initially obtained 3 stem cell lines from 58 embryos; however, 2 of the cell lines perished, leaving 1 that has been growing for several months, Reuters reported.

The Kings College team, which was one of the first in the country to receive a license to generate human embryonic stem cells, said the new line will be deposited in the UK Medical Research Council's 1.6 million pound ($4.2 million) stem cell bank.

Dr. Stephen Minger, one of the leaders of the team whose work was published in Reproductive Medicine Online, said the research team plans to focus its efforts on generating new cells for transplantation in diabetes and Parkinson's disease patients, and also patients with heart disorders.
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