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Scientist gets cloning licence

LONDON, FEB. 8. The British Government on Tuesday gave the creator of Dolly the Sheep a licence to clone human embryos for medical research.

Ian Wilmut, who led the team that created Dolly at Scotland's Roslin Institute in 1996, and motor neuron expert Christopher Shaw of the Institute of Psychiatry in London, plan to clone embyros to study how nerve cells go awry to cause motor neuron disease. The experiments do not involve creating cloned babies.

It is the second such licence approved since Britain became the first country to legalise research cloning in 2001. The first was granted in August to a team that hopes to use cloning to create insulin-producing cells that could be transplanted into diabetics. — AP

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