New Stem Cell Institute At Cambridge

It seems appropriate that as the second SENS conference is wrapping up, Cambridge University has announced a new Institute for Stem Cell Biology: "Prof Smith, currently director of the MRC Centre of Development in Stem Cell Biology at Edinburgh University, will initially share his time between Cambridge and Edinburgh before moving with his lab to Cambridge next August. His research will focus in particular on embryonic stem cells, determining how stem cells maintain themselves, and how they become specialised into the different cell types of the body." The degree to which a field of science is prospering can be measured in conferences held and concrete poured - stem cell research is doing fairly well, it seems, despite political hostility and stifling regulation.



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