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Embryonic Stem Cells

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many embryonic stem cells exist in the United Kingdom; and how much expenditure has been incurred in acquiring them. (202389)

We assume that the hon. Member's question refers to embryonic stem cell lines. The Department does not hold information on how many animal embryonic stem cell lines there are in the United Kingdom. As of the beginning of April 2008, 63 human embryonic stem cell lines had been deposited with the UK stem cell bank (UKSCB). The UKSCB does not pay to acquire these lines.