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Human Embryo Experiments: Stem Cells

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what treatments for (a) children and (b) adults with disabling conditions have been developed since July 2006 arising from (i) human embryo experimentation, (ii) embryonic stem cell research and (iii) non-embryonic stem cell research; and if she will make a statement; (130841)

(2) what progress has been made in curing diseases arising from the results of (a) adult stem cell research, (b) embryonic stem cell research and (c) human embryo experimentation since July 2006; and if she will make a statement.

As indicated by previous replies to the hon. Member’s questions on these topics at the end of in 2005 and 2006, it is too early to talk of treatments for disabling conditions. However, research in these areas has started us on the road to a better understanding of conditions such as motor neurone disease, diabetes and cystic fibrosis that will help us to develop effective treatments, with time. Scientific opinion remains that research in these areas will revolutionise the treatment for such conditions in the 21st century.