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    Top cloning experts gather in South Korea for clandestine test

    Tue Aug 2, 2005



    SEOUL (AFP) - Top cloning experts from Britain, South Korea and the United States working on ways to use stem cells to treat incurable diseases gathered here to kick-off a week-long secret experiment.

    The scientists were led by South Korea's Hwang Woo-Suk, Gerald Schatten of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the creator of the cloned sheep Dolly, Professor Ian Wilmut of Scotland's Roslin Institute.

    They would not say what the experiment would be about, but said it was expected to be over early next week.

    Schatten however told journalists it would be a scientific "milestone" and indicated it could be aimed at combining achievements made in cloning and stem cell research to develop ways to treat incurable diseases.

    Hwang, a professor at Seoul National University, and Schatten are co-authors of a landmark study published in May in which they said they had produced "therapeutic" stem cells.

    These stem cells carry the identical genes of patients because they are extracted from cloned human embryos produced by combining adult cells from the patients and human eggs from donors, the scientists said.

    This means they will not be rejected by the patients' immune systems, they said.

    Hwang's team also took a significant step forward in inter-species organ transplants in May......

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    From a previous article:

    "Under the analogy with 42.195-kilometer road race, Hwang said his team passed the turning point and currently runs somewhere between 20 kilometers and 25 kilometers.

    Hwang and his colleagues cloned a human somatic cell into an embryo and extracted a stem cell batch from it early 2003, the 20-kilometer landmark, for the first time in the world.

    They advanced further this year by harvesting 11 stem cell lines via cloning somatic cells of 11 patients with confounding diseases and disabilities last month.

    The Korean team, however, has yet to develop the much-hyped methods of growing stem cells into different cells and organs, or the 25-kilometer milestone."


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    So, by logic, this secret experiment is the 25 km mark. They are differentiating cells they cloned from the spinal cord patients into nerve cells.

    Or we can be really optimistic, and guess they are at the 30 km mark already [implantation into the patients]. But I don't believe so.

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    It might not be what you're hoping. Take a breather and see what happens before getting your hopes built up.

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    A dog was cloned. link
    ...it's worse than we thought. it turns out the people at the white house are not secret muslims, they're nerds.

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    The dog cloning may be unrelated to this story.

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    There was no "clandestine test". ABC News just emailed me and indicated that the story cannot be verified. They also have direct comments from Gerry Schatten and the University of Pittsburgh:
    From Schatten:

    "nonsense... it is about setting up the korean world stem cell bank or world stem cell hub... that's all"

    From University of Pittsburgh PR:

    "This refers to plans that Woo Suk, Jerry Schatten and representatives of Ian Wilmut's lab are discussing to help to define the scope, global nature and objectives of what will be known as the World Stem Cell Hub. It will be more than a global stem cell bank, consisting of hub-and-spoke centers that make it act more like a server. Additional collaborations between Dr. Schatten's lab and Dr. Hwang's are very likely."

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    cloned dog

    In my humble opinion this is truly despicible! There are enough shelterless dogs in the world, put down on a daily basis. Research purposes or not, this is only going to disgust people, and in effect, hurt therapuetic cloning. This is a real disappointment! If you want to turn people against you, cloning a dog is a good start.
    sherman brayton

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