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The scientist who used cloning technology to create Dolly the sheep said Monday that there was growing support in Britain for using cloning in human medical research.

Ian Wilmut, principal investigator at Scotland's Roslin Institute, told reporters that attitudes were softening toward cloning human embryo cells for medical research that could tackle ailments such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

"It is clear that attitudes in different countries vary enormously. I am not familiar enough with the Australian attitude to make an estimate but I certainly think in the United Kingdom that there is a change," he said.

Wilmut said after addressing the Australian Society of Reproductive Technology that he hoped British laws would be changed to allow the use of 6-day-old human embryos in cloning technology.

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