'You would barely know adult stem cells exist’
23 October 2008
By Zoë Corbyn
Newcastle specialist quits UK for France, citing undue focus on embryo research, writes Zoe Corbyn
A renowned British stem-cell expert is to leave the UK to pursue his research in France, claiming that there is insufficient support for his work here.
Colin McGuckin, professor of regenerative medicine at Newcastle University and an expert in adult stem cells, this week hit out at both his university and UK funding agencies. He said that they were prioritising embryonic stem-cell research above work with adult stem cells, despite the more immediate clinical benefits offered by his work.