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Sunday, 10 March, 2002, 10:48 GMT
Dolly creator to leave Britain
Gene test
Dr Colman is going to work in Singapore
A creator of Dolly the cloned sheep has blamed his decision to leave Britain on a lack of research funding.

Dr Alan Colman, 53, said he has found it impossible to find the 30m needed for his project to find a cure for diabetes using stem cells.

He has now decided to leave Edinburgh and continue his work in Singapore.

Dolly
Dolly was cloned from an adult cell
The research director of PPL Therapeutics' Roslin Institute said the UK Government provides "substandard" investment compared to other countries such as the US.

He told the Scotland on Sunday newspaper: "I'm a scientist and the type of science I want to do is expensive and I'll go where the investment is made.

"I've been in Scotland for 10 years and I love Edinburgh.

"If I could stay in Scotland and do it I would, but there's no way I'd get the scale of resources I need."

Mr Colman plans to leave Scotland next month to start work at ES Cell International in Singapore.

It specialises in the commercial development of embryonic stem cells, which scientists believe could provide cures for a range of diseases.

Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell and came into the world in 1996.

See also:

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Cloned sheep Dolly has arthritis
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Head-to-head: Cloning
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Animal cloning: What is the future?
02 Jan 02 | Sci/Tech
New pig clones born
06 Jul 01 | Sci/Tech
Warning over dangers of cloning
10 Sep 98 | Sci/Tech
How Dolly became a cash cow
27 May 99 | Sci/Tech
Is Dolly old before her time?
21 Dec 97 | Sci/Tech
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