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    We have lost so many good scientist is unreal.

    The city-state hand-picks stem cell industry for economic growth, and for scientific advances
    By Terri Somers
    December 18, 2006

    SINGAPORE – Sai Kiang Lim works on human embryonic stem cells in a laboratory so up-to-the-minute it practically has that new-car smell.

    Fully funded by the Singapore government, Lim has access to just about every expensive piece of equipment she could want.

    When she needs a new supply of embryonic stem cells, she phones in an order and walks across the campus of the science center her government has built to pick them up. Although her work is highly regulated, authorities have made obtaining human embryonic stem cells only slightly more difficult than snagging a box of pens from a supply cabinet.




    They also see the chance to stake a claim in a potentially lucrative new industry while the United States is sidetracked by a political and moral debate.


    Chinese physician-scientists with access to hundreds of patients are testing experimental therapies directly on humans. In the United States, only Geron has reported approaching readiness for clinical trials of a human embryonic stem cell treatment.

    As moral debate sidetracks stem cell research in the U.S., countries in Asia, Europe are moving to stake claims in the promising industry

    By Terri Somers
    December 17, 2006

    Agency for Science,
    Technology and Research
    Alan Colman, a British scientist and member of the team that cloned Dolly the Sheep, located his company ESI in Singapore because of that government's support for embryonic stem cell research.
    While President Bush remains steadfastly against human embryonic stem cell research, limiting federal funding on moral grounds, nations around the globe are pouring millions of dollars into the field.

    In the United Kingdom, the government has committed to spending $1.3 billion on stem cell research in the next 10 years. Some of the money will support the construction of five manufacturing facilities to produce millions of pure stem cells for research.

    Chinese scientists educated at top universities in the United States are being drawn home by their government with the promise of funding and leadership of labs staffed with eager young researchers. Some scientist-physicians there already are treating patients with stem cell discoveries they have made.

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    The Singapore government is funding Biopolis, a high-tech hamlet for biotech with an emphasis on human embryonic stem cell research. The $400 million complex can accommodate 2,000 scientists working at government-funded laboratories or private biotech and global pharmaceutical companies.

    As these countries and others surge ahead in their research, they see the prospect of creating new treatments and cures for chronic illnesses while saving billions of dollars on health care.

    They also see the chance to stake a claim in a potentially lucrative new industry while the United States is sidetracked by a political and moral debate.

    Last edited by manouli; 12-22-2006 at 11:06 PM.

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