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Separating science fiction from reality in the human cloning debate

Madison, Wis. After Gov. Jim Doyle vetoed a bill that would have banned cloning of human embryonic stem cells for research purposes, the legislative director of Wisconsins Right to Life movement made a remark that seemed straight out of a science fiction movie.

We're not talking about stem cells anymore; we're talking about growing these embryos . . ......

Full article >>> egulated research into disease using human embryonic embryos is an entirely different matter.

First or all, scientists have been cloning human cells or their components for years. The process known as DNA cloning, molecular cloning or gene cloning has been used widely since the 1970s. It involves the transfer of a DNA fragment of interest from one organism to a self-replicating genetic e......

Full article >>> the process less than 10 years ago.

If that kind of work isnt done here under existing ethical guidelines that are a national model it will be done someplace else. Certainly, its being done in South Korea and the United Kingdom, where therapeutic cloning was protected four years ago.

The debate over stem cell research is complicated enough without sci-fi claims that mislead pol......

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'"/> By Tom Still 11/07/05

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