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Roslin Bio-Med Ltd.

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Can Dolly the sheep bring home the bacon? Roslin Bio-Med has licensed nuclear transfer technology from the Roslin Institute to develop transgenic pigs from which the start-up hopes to obtain organs for transplant and blood products.

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