February 12, 2004

Human Clone Produces Stem Cells This is sure to create a shitstorm. Korean researchers have created a human clone and derived the first cloned stem cells from it -- a significant advance toward using the cells to replace those damaged by diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer's. A Korean woman now has a set of cells that could one day replace any damaged or diseased cell in her body with little worry of rejection, if researchers can get stem cells to work therapeutically. *** While researchers have cloned animals like sheep, cats and cows before this study, researchers had been unable to make the jump to monkeys or humans and believed cloning primates posed a unique obstacle. Now, the Korean researchers show they have perfected a cloning technique, also known as somatic cell nuclear transfer, that works in humans and potentially other primates..