nice post about stem cell therapy.
As mentioned in Stem Cells: the fundamentals earlier in this magazine, stem cell cloning generally refers to the creation of an embryonic stem cell from a somatic cell nucleus and an egg cell. This is done by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). The reason why Hwang and colleagues gained so much temporary fame for the 2005 and 2006 stem cell cloning articles (the story of Hwang and his fraudulent papers are described earlier in this magazine), is the great potential that lies in mastering this technology. However, this has been practiced for over a decade already, namely in the cloning of animals.
Since the birth of Dolly the sheep in 1996, the first cloned mammal, the list of species which have been cloned has grown long; cats, dogs, mice, fish, horses, pigs and rats to mention a few (1, 2). The birth of a cloned animal always gets news coverage…
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