The Academy of Medical Sciences has welcomed the report of chief medical officer Professor Liam Donaldson on stem cell research and the government's response to it. The report, Stem Cell Research: medical progress with responsibility , recommends an extension of embryo research and says that research involving cell nuclear replacement - generally known as 'cloning'- should be allowed. The government has accepted the recommendations. The academy said it was pleased that an 'exciting line of research' would be allowed to continue in the UK, and predicted cell therapy was the best prospect for treating Parkinson's Disease, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other ailments.

Stem Cell Research: medical progress with responsibility . www.doh.gov.uk/cegc/