Tuesday, September 23, 2008

cloning of humans: Australia the first

I'm pleasantly surprised (amazed, actually) that our politicians have shown more common sense on this issue than any other government:
SYDNEY scientists have been given approval to attempt a world first in medical research. Researchers at fertility company Sydney IVF were yesterday issued with Australia's first licence to produce cloned human embryos.

By extracting stem cells from the cloned embryos, they hope to gain unprecedented insights into how crippling conditions including muscular dystrophy and Huntington's disease develop, and how to treat them...

A national ban on the research, known as therapeutic cloning or somatic cell nuclear transfer, was lifted in December 2006 after a conscience vote in Federal Parliament...
- Sydney lab cleared to clone human embryos
You Tube (news annoucement)

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