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Next steps in human cloning: cloned blastocysts

(www.nature.com)

A team in California claims to have performed in truth what disgraced Seoul U. researcher Woo Suk Hwang had faked: Stegeman company of La Jolla CA claims the creation of a cloned blastocyst from which a tailored cell line can be made. They started with an adult patient's own cells, in this case, a man's fibroblasts.

The article doesn't explicitly say, but since this is a blastocyst, I am assuming that it went through a totipotent state. The pro-life crowd would consider this morally objectionable. The article does say, however, that all the researchers involved in this project have agreed not to use cloning for reproductive purposes (I'm still not clear on why people object to that, though).

Interestingly, the team says that there are no patents attached to this achievement. No new technology was used or invented. The key to their success, Dr. French claims, was that they set up right near a fertility clinic and were able to use donated eggs as little as two hours after their extraction.

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