From the BBC: the first UK line of embryonic stem cells has been created. This is an important step forward to enable research in the UK and further afield. Of the more scientifically capable European countries, the UK has the least restrictive legislation regarding stem cell research. Regenerative therapies for diseases of aging such as diabetes and Parkinson's are one important goal. As research in the US and Japan has demonstrated, a wide range of other conditions and damage are open to stem cell therapies as well.