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British Scientists Doubt Delhi Doctor’s Stem Cell Claim

sist of injecting a clear liquid, containing millions of cells cultivated from a human egg, into a bicep or base of the spine. Shroff said her embryos were obtained with consent.

Researchers in Britain say stem cell therapies are a decade away. They add that in the West and advanced economies of Asia, there are legal constraints that keep scientists from rushing ahead with treatments before they have been 'thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness'.

Alison Murdoch, of Newcastle University Fertility Centre, which made headlines in May by cloning embryos, told the newspaper: 'Desperate patients might be tempted, but false hope is not hope. There are all sorts of ethical issues that this kind of unregulated work throws up. There are no animal tests, no checks on where the embryos are coming from.'

The report said Shroff had defended her actions by saying that everything she did was within India's guidelines and that she had informed the authorities.

'Everything I have done has been notified to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and there has been no comeback,' she told the newspaper.

The ICMR said it had been informed but had not given consent.

The report quoted Prasanna Hota, a top civil servant in India's health ministry, as saying: 'We have our concerns and worries about Dr Shroff's work.'

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