The January 2003 issue of Wired magazine
contains the most detailed account yet of stem cell and cloning
developments in China, including:
- Cloned human-rabbit embryos created and cultured to the
blastocyst stage by "Dr. X," who is keeping wraps
on his work until patent applications have been approved.
- Over 100 cloned human embryos created by Lu Guangviu of
Xiangya Medical University in South-Central China, using human
eggs obtained from the in-vitro fertilization clinic
Lu established in 1980, the first ever in China.
- Plans by the privately-funded "Union Stem Cell and
Gene Engineering Co." in Tianjin to attempt to produce
organs for transplants using cells from cloned human embryos
within two years.
The account says that the Chinese Ministry of
Health has issued a single-sentence statement forbidding reproductive
cloning, but that this ruling is "toothless." See