Scientists have cloned the first human embryo


19/05/2013

The process is identical to that used for the cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1996, was no less effective for people.

Scientists have created a clone of a human embryo using DNA taken from the skin cells. In future, this process can be used to generate stem cells which will fully meet the patient’s DNA.

A team of biologists from the U.S. and Thailand expressed doubt that this clone is able to develop into a complete human being. The article, with a detailed explanation of the reasons for their doubt, will be published in the journal Nature. In the past, the team has tested this method of nuclear transfer of somatic cells in monkeys. Monkeys grown from these cloned embryos, always died before he could develop into adults.

"News about scientific breakthroughs in the field of nuclear transfer often lead to public debate about the ethics of human cloning, but this time this is not the question," - said Shukhrat Mitalip, who led the study.

Mitalip, together with his team cloned Dolly the sheep in 1996, using the same basic technology. Scientists enucleated skin cells that contain DNA, and their grafted into eggs of which was previously removed was in their genetic material. With the growth in the next few days, formed a subsidiary line of cells or cell lines that stably reproduced.

Original: Popsci.com


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