August 11, 2004

UK Grants "License To Clone"

Spurred on by South Korea's achievement last February, today the United Kingdom granted a license to Newcastle University to clone a human being.

Researchers at Newcastle hope to extract embryonic stem cell from the clone and then create insulin-producing cells to be transplanted into diabetics.

"Therapeutic cloning will in the immediate future be a vital tool in harnessing the power of stem cells to treat some of the major diseases which threaten humankind," John Harris, professor of bioethics at the University of Manchester, said after the license was announced. "This decision is a signal of our society's compassion and concern for those threatened by disease."
Posted by Stephen Gordon at August 11, 2004 03:30 PM | TrackBack
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