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Thread: Green light in UK for embryo cloning!

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    Senior Member dr_bubo's Avatar
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    Green light in UK for embryo cloning! (sci/tech section)

    The scientist who cloned Dolly the sheep has been given permission to carry out experiments using human embryos.

    Professor Ian Wilmut and a colleague had applied for a licence to carry out controversial research to try to find a cure for motor neurone disease.

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has now approved the application, which it received in September last year.

    Professor Wilmut, of the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, was at the centre of worldwide publicity when Dolly, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, was born in July 1996.

    In August last year, the HFEA gave scientists from the University of Newcastle permission to clone human embryos.

    The research, which aims to treat a host of incurable diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes, has provoked fury from pro-life groups.

    Professor Wilmut plans to apply the technique used to clone Dolly - cell nuclear replacement - to human embryos.

    Cloning to create copies of human babies is outlawed in Britain, but therapeutic cloning has been legal since 2002.

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    Senior Member Max's Avatar
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    Montreal,Province of Quebec, CANADA
    Thats great news!

    Thanks for posting

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