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Monday, July 18, 2005

Students Learning the Fine Art of Cloning

We are sitting in a laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., where every summer the Marine Biological Laboratory, a private research institute, offers an intensive six-week course in the latest reproductive technologies. ......

.......Today, incredible as it still seems to me, the syllabus says: "somatic cell nuclear transfer."

The lesson seems especially timely. Just weeks ago the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of federal funding for stem-cell research using excess IVF embryos, a bitterly contested measure that the Senate is expected to take up soon......

.......cloning is not easy, for many reasons. One is the difficulty of obtaining the eggs, which in the case of humans must come from live female donors, something so logistically challenging and morally fraught that some scientists think it could prevent therapeutic cloning from ever becoming widespread........

UGH!

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