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Q&A: Scotland gets new stem cell chieftain

Scotland first grabbed headlines in the stem cell world fifteen years ago with the cloning of Dolly the sheep. But Scotland’s stem cell successes didn’t end there. In 2003, scientific highlanders at the University of Edinburgh discovered Nanog, a critical pluripotency gene expressed in embryonic stem cells. And last year, doctors at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital treated a patient in the first-ever regulated human trial for a stem cell stroke treatment. Yet stem cell medicine in Scotland has also faced some quagmires in the moors. Five years ago, for example, embryonic stem cell pioneer Austin Smith moved to the University 


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