Human cloning

Human cloning successfully makes embryonic stem cells

For the first time ever, scientists have successfully used somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) via the process of therapeutic human cloning to generate normal human embryonic stem cells (hESC). Recall that there are two kinds of human cloning: therapeutic (which is reported in the new paper discussed in this post) and reproductive, which is making …

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‘Adventurous’ woman sought to carry Neanderthal baby: candidate for dumbest stem cell story of 2013 already pops up

The headline reads: ‘Adventurous’ woman sought to carry Neanderthal baby Supposedly Harvard Geneticist George Church, according to Der Spiegel magazine (and gazillions of other mainstream media outlets that translated the German piece including here), wants to clone a Neanderthal baby using an unholy combination of stem cell and genetics technologies. The only problem is that Church …

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Nobel Laureate John Gurdon not a fan of idea of human cloning

Human cloning is an important issue at both scientific and societal levels. Earlier I included a guest post from bioethicist, Arthur Caplan, on human cloning. Today I am posting a short Q&A with Nobel Laureate John Gurdon. I asked Gurdon three specific questions and below each I have listed his answer. My sense is that …

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Guest post by Arthur Caplan on Human Reproductive Cloning

Note that this is the first in a series of guest posts and interviews on human reproductive cloning. Next will be an interview with Nobel Laureate John Gurdon. By Arthur Caplan The issue of human cloning for reproduction is one of the greatest non-issues in the history of ethical disputes in America and around the …

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Series on scientific & bioethics leaders discussing human reproductive cloning

In the coming weeks and months, I am going to run a series of posts (some interviews, some guest posts) on human reproductive cloning. This is the kind of cloning where you take a person (living or dead) such as, let’s say Lady GaGa or Jesus, and you try to make a duplicate new human …

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