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    $500K for stem cell breakthrough

    August 07, 2007

    SYDNEY could become the first city in the world to produce stem cells from cloned human embryos with a $500,000 grant being offered by Premier Morris Iemma to the first scientist to do it.

    With laws lifted on the previously illegal practice, the State Government is now looking to actively fund research to make NSW the world centre of stem cell and cloning technology.

    It is the next step along the road to a new medical industry in NSW producing potentially life-saving stem cells.

    The controversial method of extracting stem cells has been banned in a host of countries - following moral pressure from conservative lobby groups - but was recently legalised in NSW via a conscience vote in Parliament.

    Yesterday Mr Iemma said that with the legislation being passed allowing therapeutic cloning, funding would be allocated from a special $11.5 million fund to develop it.

    "Put simply, this funding will enable NSW scientists to undertake work we hope will result in the creation of the country's first stem-cell lines derived from somatic-cell nuclear transfer embryos. In fact, if successful it could well be a world first," he said.

    Prince of Wales Hospital transplant unit head Professor Bernie Tuch said the hospital was developing stem-cell lines to produce insulin-producing cells to treat diabetes.

    "We will be putting our hand up," Professor Tuch said. "People in NSW can now apply for funding to move from the concept of therapeutic cloning, to be able to attempt to move it forward. These are small steps, slow steps but in a positive direction."

    The National Health and Medical Research Council paved the way six weeks ago for people to apply for licences for such technology.

    At present the only stem cells in use or experimentation around the world are adult stem cells or those derived from discarded IVF embryos.

    In NSW, scientists will now be able to clone embryos, using a patient's own cells, to develop patient-specific stem-cell lines which would avoid rejection complications when transplanted.

    For embryonic cloning ... Julia Leverty, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident, is a campaigner with the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research Australia.

    Good thinking by Premier Iemma.

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    great news leif.i hope than one day [soon]sci will be history.
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    Hopefully, SCI will be like the Bush administration soon-
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