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Genetic Crossroads
June 9th, 2003

Clonaid Nothing But Double
Talk? (June 2)


Remember Clonaid, the self-proclaimed "human cloning company"
spawned by a UFO cult? These days, it's cashing in on its outrageous
claims.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/06/02/eveningnews/main556590.shtml


Gene Therapy 'Causes Leukaemia'
(June 1)


Scientists in the United States have warned that some forms
of gene therapy may cause patients to develop cancer.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2954986.stm


Stem Cell 'Master Gene'
Found (May 30)


Scientists yesterday said they have discovered a long-sought
"master gene" in embryonic stem cells that is largely
responsible for giving those cells their unique regenerative
and therapeutic potential.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55817-2003May29.html


Mule Birth Marks Equine
Cloning Breakthrough (May 29)


The birth of the world's first equine clone, a mule named Idaho
Gem, has been announced.

http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993780


'A Clone Would Be Uglier,
Sicker and Dimmer' (May 21)


Human cloning would serve no purpose; all it would do is create
imperfect beings, Carlos Alberto Redi, the Italian scientist
who created the first mouse clone, said in an interview.

http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=18319


Designer Baby Couple Begin
Treatment (May 20)


A couple is to start treatment on Tuesday to create a "designer
baby" to provide a donor for their sick son.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3042393.stm


Boys' Gene Therapy to Continue
(May 20)


Doctors at Great Ormond Street hospital, London, are to continue
gene therapy treatments for baby boys with a potentially fatal
bone marrow disorder, despite two children in a parallel program
in France developing leukemia.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,959554,00.html


Pushing for a UN Ban on
All Human Cloning (May 17)


Negotiations to reach an international treaty to ban human cloning
broke down last September and countries agreed to put off a
decision for 12 months. Costa Rica, however, has recently put
forward a new proposal aimed at renewing efforts to formulate
a ban.

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=35675




UN Panel Studies Medical Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering
(May 12)


Medical ethics in the era of genetic engineering dominate the
agenda of a three-day meeting of a United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization panel which opened in Paris.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=7034



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