explosivejared writes "Researchers from Oregon allege that they have successfully derived embryonic stem cells (ESCs) from a blastocyst created through somatic cell nuclear transfer. If confirmed, this would be a world first and could potentially lead to the creation of human ESCs through cloning.
While details of the new research — led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov and performed at the Oregon National Primate Research Center — will be unavailable until the work is published in the journal Nature, his past work may provide some indication of what to expect. (Given the fraud of Hwang Woo-Suk, who came out of nowhere, one can't be too careful.)
If this bears any fruit this will be sure to stir a frenzied debate over the ethics of cloning all over again."
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