Charity endorses cloning research

The Motor Neurone Disease Association has intimated that it would fund the scientist who created Dolly the sheep to clone human embryos to research possible treatments for the motor skills disease.

The charity helped Professor Ian Wilmut to gain only the second UK licence to clone human embryos for medical research last week, by endorsing his project.

Brian Dickie, director of research at the association, said the therapeutic cloning project meant "we are a step closer to medical research that has the potential to revolutionise the future treatment of motor neurone disease."

Sarah Fitzgerald, the charity's head of PR and media, said: "We expect an application, which we will consider through our normal research funding route."

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