Monday, November 12, 2007

Cloning monkeys

A researcher at the Oregon National Primate Research Center has claimed to have created a number of cloned monkey embryos and successfully extracted embryonic stem cells from two of them. Their efforts to bring a cloned monkey to birth failed. The research has yet to be published but will supposedly be published in Nature in the upcoming months.

I would guess that certain scientists and advocates in favor of human cloning for research will attempt to use this research to promote the possibility of researchers being able to extract embryonic stem cells from cloned human embryos. Note how the reporter for the UK's Independent doesn't avoid the terms "cloning" or "embryos" like many biased reporters in the U.S. do.

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