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About Research Cloning

Some scientists are working with human tissues on a technique known as research cloning (also called somatic cell nuclear transfer or SCNT) in an effort to produce genetically specific embryonic stem cells.

SCNT involves putting the nucleus of a body cell into an egg from which the nucleus has been removed. The resulting clonal embryo is induced to begin dividing with chemicals or electricity. When it has developed to about 100 cells, stem cells are harvested from it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Arguments Pro & Con

Producing human stem cell lines using research cloning has been difficult, although clonal embryos have been successfully derived. In early 2006, claims by Hwang Woo Suk to have cloned human embryos and derived stem cell lines from them were revealed to be fraudulent. In 2013, a team at Oregon State did report success, and in 2014 two other teams duplicated the result.

Research cloning raises concerns: risks to women whom scientists are asking to provide the necessary eggs; exaggerated and probably unrealistic claims of "personalized" therapies; and, because the same technique would be the first step in reproductive cloning, the need for effective oversight to prevent efforts to produce cloned humans. If the many technical obstacles to such treatments were ever overcome, they would likely be enormously expensive, and thus inaccessible to most people.

In recent years, the slow progress in research cloning and increased success with creating genetically specific stem cells via reprogramming methods have led many scientists to abandon the former field. A 2014 comparison of the results, conducted by a cloning specialist, suggested that stem cells produced by cloning have no advantage over those produced by reprogramming.

Biopolitical News of 2016by Pete Shanks, Leah Lowthorp & Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesDecember 13th, 2016We highlight 2016’s trends in and top news stories about human biotech developments.
What’s behind those billion-dollar biotech deals? Often, a whole lot of hypeby Damian GardeSTATNovember 28th, 2016Huge deals are measured in "biobucks" — akin to lottery tickets that pay out if and when an experimental drug hits various milestones along the path to commercialization.
CRISPR gene-editing controversy shows old ideas about East and West still prevailby Calvin Wai-Loon HoEcontimesOctober 24th, 2016Western imaginations tend to fantasize Asian countries as exotic, crude "others," viewing Chinese research as advancing primarily due to an assumed lack of regulation.
‘Motherless babies!’ How to create a tabloid science headline in five easy stepsby Gretchen VogelScience MagazineSeptember 14th, 2016Here's the recipe for transforming a modest developmental biology paper into a blockbuster story.
What Ever Happened to Cloning?[cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Kimberly LeonardUS News & World ReportAugust 4th, 2016Twenty years since Dolly, the field of cloning remains highly inefficient for animals and too unethical to attempt with humans.
Two Decades After Dollyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 12th, 201620 years after the first cloned mammal was born, the US still does not have legal prohibitions on cloned people, or on heritable human genetic modification.
It's been 20 years since Dolly. Where's my clone?by Sharon BegleySTATJuly 5th, 2016Cloning some animals is much harder than cloning others.
Updates: The California Legislature and the Market in Human Eggsby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJune 30th, 2016The fertility industry-sponsored bill is opposed by a range of women’s health, reproductive justice, and public interest organizations.
On the 14-Day Rule and Other Limitsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 29th, 2016Speed limits are somewhat arbitrary but sensible; so is the 14-day rule for embryo research.
Will California Expand the Market for Women’s Eggs?by Marcy DarnovskyApril 7th, 2016A bill sponsored by the fertility industry seeks yet again to overturn existing policies that allow reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses for women who provide eggs for research, but not inducements of thousands of dollars beyond that.
Chinese Cloning Firm Pumps $15 Million into California Stem Cell Businessby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportFebruary 24th, 2016A financially strapped California stem cell company could be taken over by a Chinese enterprise that says it can clone humans, and is "only holding off for fear of the public reaction."
'We Won't Make Frankensteins,' Cloning Giant Boyalife's CEO Saysby David Lom and Eric BaculinaoNBC NewsDecember 26th, 2015The head of a Chinese firm that is building the world's biggest animal cloning factory has vowed not to use the technology on people — for now, at least.
I Considered Cloning Myself -- But I'm Having Second Thoughtsby Stephen MossThe GuardianDecember 23rd, 2015A British couple have paid $100,000 to clone their dog. But however tempting the process might be for a human egoist, it would destroy the point of life: that it ends.
Disgraced Scientist Clones Dogs, and Critics Question His Intentby Rob SteinNPRSeptember 30th, 2015Sooam Biotech, founded by scientific pariah Hwang Woo Suk, has cloned over 600 dogs for $100,000 each. The process works only one-third of the time and is risky.
A $6 Billion Question: Affordability of California's Stem Cell Therapiesby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportSeptember 23rd, 2015The California stem cell agency will cost taxpayers $6 billion by 2020. But the agency isn't discussing what any therapies are likely to cost, or whether it should focus on affordable treatments.
E.U. parliament votes to ban cloning of farm animalsby Gretchen VogelScienceSeptember 8th, 2015The ban does not cover cloning for research purposes, nor does it prevent efforts to clone endangered species.
State agency forming big stem-cell bank to help find curesby Kevin SchultzSan Francisco ChronicleSeptember 1st, 2015Thousands of cell lines created induced pluripotent stem cells will be made available to researchers.
Cloning a Punishable OffenseArab News [Saudi Arabia]April 13th, 2015Experiments or research in human cloning is an offense punishable by law and any violation means a fine and six months in jail.
The Price Of Hype: The Public Now Has Unrealistic Timelines For Scienceby Hank CampbellScience 2.0March 11th, 2015Today, people think stem cell therapies already exist. It's not science journalists and bloggers framing this for political gain. The culprits are scientists playing up their research.
Mitochondrial Mission Creep and the Cloning Connection by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 14th, 2015Shoukhrat Mitalipov wants to use nuclear genome transfer for age-related infertility. He has joined forces with the disgraced stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk.
Why Worry About Genetically Modified Babies?by Marcy Darnovsky and Jessica CussinsGeneWatchNovember 24th, 2014The terms "genetically modified babies" and "designer babies" are attention-getters. But beyond the catchy sound bites, what do they really mean - and are they something we need to worry about?
Are All Pluripotent Stem Cells Equal?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 12th, 2014A new paper by long-term advocates of research cloning implies that it has no advantage over reprogramming cells.
Scientists Find That SCNT Derived Cells and IPS Cells are SimilarNew York Stem Cell FoundationNovember 6th, 2014Cells derived from these two methods resulted in cells with highly similar gene expression and DNA methylation patterns and similar amounts of DNA mutations.
Orphan Black: The Best Show You’ve Never Seenby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 29th, 2014A BBC America television series about clones is seriously good.
Renewed Concerns For Women As Cloning Technology Advances[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by John FarrellForbesMay 23rd, 2014The recent cloning breakthroughs highlight a lack of engagement with the issue from the bioethical perspective.
Free Dolly!by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 15th, 2014The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that cloned animals cannot be patented.
Dolly the Sheep’s Clones Deemed Unpatentable by U.S. Courtby Susan DeckerBloombergMay 8th, 2014The Scottish scientists famous for concocting Dolly the sheep lost a bid to get U.S. patent protection for the cloned animal. A court said their creations are just genetic copies of naturally occurring beings.
Stem Cell Revival: The 1990s are BackNew ScientistApril 30th, 2014More than 17 years later, what worked in Dolly the sheep finally appears to be working in humans. But after endless hope, hype and failure, it is hard to feel there is anything brave or new in this line of research.
Stem Cells Made by Cloning Adult Humansby Monya BakerNatureApril 28th, 2014Two research groups have independently produced human embryonic stem-cell lines from embryos cloned from adult cells. But the technique is expensive, technically difficult and ethically fraught.
Neanderthals Are People, Tooby Svante PaaboThe New York TimesApril 24th, 2014Ancient genomes show that the Neanderthals were genetically very similar to us. In a civilized society, we would never create a human being in order to satisfy scientific curiosity; why would it be different for a Neanderthal?
Top 5 Challenges for SCNT Cloned Human Embryonic Stem Cellsby Paul KnoepflerKnoepfler Lab Stem Cell BlogApril 21st, 2014A new advance in cloning to produce human embryonic stem cells is important because it shows it can be done using adult cells. However, key challenges and concerns remain.
Should the U.S. Prohibit Reproductive Cloning?[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Tim SandleDigital JournalApril 18th, 2014Researchers have produced stem cell lines using somatic cell nuclear transfer, making human reproductive cloning more technically feasible. Is this a good idea?
Scientists Make First Embryo Clones From Adults[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Gautam NaikThe Wall Street JournalApril 17th, 2014Scientists for the first time have cloned cells from two adults to create early-stage embryos, and then derived tissue from those embryos that perfectly matched the DNA of the donors.
Development in cloning research underscores need for US to prohibit reproductive cloning[Press statement]April 17th, 2014Public interest group also questions risks to women who provide eggs and implications for health equity.
Researchers Claim Stem Cell Advanceby Monte MorinThe Los Angeles TimesMarch 27th, 2014Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University say they have successfully generated embryonic stem cells using fertilized mouse embryos, a feat that many scientists had thought was impossible.
Martha, My Dear: What De-Extinction Can’t Bring Backby Elizabeth KolbertThe New YorkerMarch 12th, 2014To bring a lost animal back because people might like to see it, or because they might feel better imagining that it’s not entirely gone, or just to demonstrate that it can be done is a vanity project, and nothing else.
The Commercialization of Human Eggs in Mitochondrial Replacement Researchby Donna L. DickensonThe New Bioethics, Vol. 19, No. 1There has been a renewed campaign to legalize payment for eggs in research, although the actual scientific advances are at best modest.
Stem cell scientist gets suspended prison term by Nam Hyun-wooKorea TimesFebruary 27th, 2014The South Korean Supreme Court has upheld a suspended jail term for stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk, and ruled that Seoul National University’s dismissal of Hwang was justifiable.
The Mammoth Comethby Nathaniel RichThe New York TimesFebruary 27th, 2014Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening — and it’s going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad.
Hwang's Patented Fraud and
New Questions about STAP Cells
by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 19th, 2014Hwang Woo-suk is awarded a U.S. patent based on the work for which he was disgraced almost a decade ago; an investigation is launched into some apparently similar errors in the recent STAP cell papers.
Disgraced Scientist Granted U.S. Patent for Work Found to be Fraudulentby Andrew PollackThe New York TimesFebruary 14th, 2014Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk faked evidence of having created the world's first cloned human embryos, embezzled research funds and violated bioethics rules.
CGS Summary of Public Opinion Pollsby CGS StaffFebruary 4th, 2014This page offers comparisons of survey results for three technologies: reproductive cloning, research cloning, and inheritable genetic modification.
Whistle-Blower Breaks his Silenceby David CyranoskiNatureJanuary 28th, 2014A South Korean researcher reveals the fallout he faced after his tip-offs about cloning fraudster Woo Suk Hwang.
Editorial: Don’t rush to rehabilitate HwangNatureJanuary 21st, 2014Nature’s profile of a former fraudster’s attempts to regain respectability should not be taken as an endorsement of the researcher’s claims.
Cloning Fraudster Profiled by Big Science Journalsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 19th, 2014Korean stem-cell fraudster Hwang Woo-suk has been busy trying to rehabilitate his reputation and collaborating with the Chinese genomic powerhouse BGI.
DNA Dreamingby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 13th, 2014A new documentary looks at the Chinese company that styles itself "the world’s largest genomics organization,” and its hunt for the genetic basis of intelligence.
Top 5 Reasons I am Opposed to Cloning Woolly Mammothsby Paul KnoepflerKnoepfler Lab Stem Cell BlogNovember 18th, 2013I have to admit seeing a woolly mammoth, mastodon, or saber tooth tiger would be cool, but such efforts would not be without consequences and most of them would be profoundly negative.
The Clone Named Dollyby Nicholas WadeThe New York TimesOctober 14th, 2013This week’s Retro Report video tells the story of Dolly the sheep. The Scottish scientists who created her recall the painstaking process of trying to get the experiment to work.
California Stem Cell Agency Delays Decision on Expanding the Market in Women’s Eggsby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJuly 25th, 2013The push by the stem cell agency’s leadership is one of two efforts to gut protections for women in California who provide eggs for research.
Viewpoints: Risks are Many in Paying Women to Donate Eggsby Diane Tober and Nancy Scheper-HughesThe Sacramento BeeJuly 16th, 2013As scientists in California delve more deeply into stem cell research and reproductive science, it is essential that women donating their eggs for research not be exploited or put at risk. A bill on the governor's desk would do just that.
Veto Campaign Launched on California Pay-for-Eggs Bill[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober]by David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJuly 12th, 2013Opponents of the California pay-for-eggs bill have kicked off a campaign to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to veto the industry-backed legislation.
California "Pay-for-Eggs" Bill on the Governor’s Deskby Diane ToberBiopolitical TimesJuly 11th, 2013Urge Governor Brown block expanding the market in women's eggs. Here's how and why.
Testimony by Jennifer Schneider, MD to the California Senate Health Committee re AB 926June 12, 2013by Jennifer Schneider, MD
Testimony by Diane Tober, PhD to the California Senate Health Committee re AB 926June 12, 2013by Diane Tober
Testimony by Sindy Wei, MD to the California Senate Health Committee re AB 926June 12, 2013by Sindy Wei, MD
De-extinction: A Lifeline or Pandora's Box?by Jamie Rappaport ClarkHuffington PostJune 6th, 2013As a biologist and a mother, I would much rather leave my son a healthy planet with an abundance of wildlife for him to enjoy and cherish than a couple of sad woolly mammoths on display.
De-Extinction Debate: Should Extinct Species Be Revived?by Liza GrossKQEDJune 5th, 2013As conservation scientists struggle to stem the catastrophic loss of biodiversity, some synthetic biologists want to resurrect extinct species with back-breeding, cloning and genetic engineering.
Should We Bring Back the Passenger Pigeon and the Woolly Mammoth?by Elizabeth WeiseUSA TodayJune 2nd, 2013Ethicists, scientists, lawyers and biologists gathered at Stanford University to discuss "de-extinction."
Cloning for Stem Cells: Controversy, Againby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 30th, 2013Errors have been found and acknowledged in the recent paper on the creation of stem cells through cloning – a reminder that questions about the utility and risks of research cloning go deeper than “careless” duplication of images.
Panel on the Ethics of New Stem Cell Cloning Method [VIDEO][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]China Central TelevisionMay 23rd, 2013Anchor Anand Naidoo joins Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society and Jeffrey Karp from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to talk about the controversy surrounding a recent study involving cloning techniques to produce human stem cells.
Stem-Cell Cloner Acknowledges Errors in Groundbreaking Paperby David Cyranoski & Erika Check HaydenNatureMay 23rd, 2013A blockbuster paper that reported the creation of human stem-cell lines through cloning has come under fire.
Back to the Future: Cloning Human Stem Cells [VIDEO]Al JazeeraMay 17th, 2013Three commentators, including a scientist who previously supported research cloning, agree that the availability of less controversial alternatives for producing disease-specific and patient-specific stem cells makes this approach unnecessary.
Human Stem Cell Cloning: 'Holy Grail' or Techno-Fantasy?by David KingCNNMay 17th, 2013We are told that there will be great medical benefits and that the risks that there will be cloned babies are small, but in truth it's the other way round.
Cloning-Derived Stem Cells Raise Policy Questionsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 16th, 2013Yesterday’s announcement that stem cells have been derived from cloned human embryos set off a media flurry, but important questions about reproductive cloning and women’s health were not widely addressed.
Cloning, Stem Cells Long Mired In Legislative Gridlock[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Julie RovnerNPRMay 16th, 2013The news that U.S. scientists have successfully cloned a human embryo seems almost certain to rekindle a political fight that has raged, on and off, since the announcement of the creation of Dolly the sheep in 1997.
US Scientists With Cloning Techniques Created Human Embryonic Stem Cells[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]MercoPressMay 16th, 2013Stem cells have been a research focus for more than a decade because they can morph into any type of cell, potentially leading to treatments to replace damaged cells and organs. But along with the promise of the technology has come ethical questions and worry over human clones.
Scientists Create Human Stem Cells Through Cloningby Sharon BegleyReutersMay 15th, 2013After more than 15 years of failures by scientists around the world and one outright fraud, biologists have finally created human stem cells by the same technique that produced Dolly the cloned sheep.
Stem Cells Recovered From Cloned Human Embryos[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Malcolm RitterAssociated PressMay 15th, 2013One expert called the work a landmark, but noted that a different, simpler technique now under development may prove more useful.
Research cloning development underscores the need for US to prohibit reproductive cloning[Press statement]May 15th, 2013Legislation should be put in place immediately, says public interest group
Earth Day in Biopoliticsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesApril 22nd, 2013In honor of Earth Day, let’s hope for a move away from “greenwashed” PR stunts and techno-fixes toward conservation, sustainability, and social responsibility.
Should researchers pay for women's eggs?[Op-Ed]by Ruha BenjaminSan Francisco ChronicleApril 4th, 2013Could compensation induce women of modest means to undergo the risks of egg extraction?
Cloning, De-extinction, and Possibly Human Applicationsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 29th, 2013Synthetic biologist and entrepreneur George Church and cloning expert Robert Lanza are starting a company to change animal reproduction — and maybe human, too, but they wouldn't say that even if it were true.
Resurrected Mammoths and Dodos? Don't Count on itby David EhrenfeldThe GuardianMarch 23rd, 2013Let's focus on conserving living animals, not on an expensive quest to bring back extinct ones – or some variation of them.
A Stealthy De-Extinction Startupby Antonio RegaladoMIT Technology ReviewMarch 19th, 2013By reviving lost species, a new company could put a warm and fuzzy face on advanced reproductive engineering.
The Narcissism of De-Extinctionby Hannah WatersScientific AmericanMarch 15th, 2013If people had the ability to resurrect extinct species and reintroduce them to the wild, should we direct our energy and resources towards it?
If Your Dog is About to Die, Why Not Clone It?by Leo HickmanGuardianMarch 11th, 2013A researcher in South Korea claims he can clone your pet. All he needs is some tissue from the animal and $100,000.
Potentially Endless Line of Mice Clonedby Tanya LewisNBC NewsMarch 8th, 2013Japanese researchers have created a potentially endless line of mice cloned from other cloned mice, with no accumulated abnormalities.
Should Cloning be Used for “De-Extinction”? by John R. PlattScientific AmericanMarch 6th, 2013Scientists are working on ways to revive species like the wooly mammoth, raising thorny ethical questions.
Neanderthal Clone Poll Finds Most Americans Oppose Cloning Human Relative by Emily SwansonHuffington PostJanuary 30th, 2013Most Americans are opposed to allowing any scientist to attempt such a feat - with or without a human surrogate.
Neo Neanderthal[With CGS's Pete Shanks]by Alyona MinkovskiHuffPost LiveJanuary 25th, 2013A leading geneticist at Harvard Medical School says he can clone a Neanderthal and resurrect the extinct species. What are the ethical issues, risks and benefits?
Neanderthal Cloning Comments Spark Controversy in Scientific Community[Quotes CGS's Pete Shanks]by Jason KoeblerUS NewsJanuary 25th, 2013The suggestion that scientists would need a "cohort" of Neanderthals is "irresponsible speculation."
Interview with George Church: Can Neanderthals Be Brought Back from the Dead?by Philip Bethge and Johann GrolleDer SpiegelJanuary 18th, 2013The English translation of the interview in which George Church of Harvard University explains how genetic technology and synthetic biology might permit the creation of a Neanderthal-like clone that could be gestated by a woman.
Human Cloning 'Within 50 Years'by Nick CollinsThe Telegraph (UK)December 18th, 2012Parents who lose children in accidents may be able to clone "copies" to replace them within 50 years, a British scientist who won this year's Nobel prize for medicine has predicted.
With Animals Under Threat, Brazilian Team Aims to Clone 8 Wild Speciesby Jenny BarchfieldThe Washington PostNovember 15th, 2012Cloning can’t be a substitute for protecting endangered animals, but Brazilian researchers are turning to it nonetheless to help offset the perilous decline of several animal species.
Researcher Pushes to Clone Extinct MammothThe Korea TimesSeptember 24th, 2012A South Korean bioengineering lab has been given exclusive rights to study Siberian woolly mammoth remains; Hwang Woo-suk will lead a cloning attempt.
The Reunion - Dolly the Sheepby Sue MacGregorBBCSeptember 24th, 2012Five people involved in creating Dolly discuss the impact of their breakthrough in a radio interview.
A New Push for Human Cloning in Koreaby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 20th, 2012Korean Professor Park Se-pill has confidently announced his intention to clone human embryos and derive stem cells from them, and is even willing to discuss human reproductive cloning.
Cloning Technology: Control the Bonanza for Research Eggs[Letter to the editor]by Marcy Darnovsky, Susan Berke Fogel, Judy NorsigianNatureDecember 1st, 2011The demand for women’s eggs for research could soar alarmingly following a report of a new cloning technique.
Oregon Health & Science University wins breakthrough stem-cell patent; ethics of cloning debatedby Nick BudnickThe OregonianNovember 2nd, 2011Over the long-term, observers say, it could lead to the genetic engineering of human beings. But OHSU's announcement yesterday focused on short-term health gains.
More on Cash for Eggsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 13th, 2011The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has issued a report about the provision of human bodily material for medicine and for research, including the issue of payment for gametes.
Fresh (Human) Eggs for Sale[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Ronald BaileyReasonOctober 11th, 2011Researchers announced last week that they had created stem cell lines using human eggs for the first time.
A Campaign to Allow a Market in Women's Eggs for a New Kind of Cloning Researchby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 7th, 2011An article about a new approach to cloning research was published this week, along with a coordinated and obviously political effort to encourage paying women to undergo egg extraction for research.
A Campaign to Allow a Market in Women's Eggs for a New Kind of Cloning Researchby Pete ShanksOctober 7th, 2011An article about a new approach to cloning research was published this week, along with a coordinated and obviously political effort to encourage paying women to undergo egg extraction for research.
Stem cell research used cloning technique, paid women for eggs[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Eryn BrownLos Angeles TimesOctober 6th, 2011"We should not put the health of young women at risk, especially to get raw materials for such exploratory investigations."
High-interest clones[Editorial]NatureOctober 6th, 2011Research into cloned human cells has left the specter of past scientific fraud behind. But reaction to the earlier work still holds worthwhile lessons.
Stem Cell Research Used Cloning Technique, Paid Women for Eggs[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Eryn BrownLos Angeles TimesOctober 6th, 2011A new study reports a development in stem cell research involving research cloning that relied upon paying women for their eggs.
After Setbacks in Harvesting Stem Cells, a New Approach Shows Promiseby Nicholas WadeNew York TimesOctober 5th, 2011A new study shows promise for stem cell development but also raises concerns, as it paid women $8,000 to donate their eggs, an arduous process.
Women’s health and public interest groups warn against putting women’s health at risk in new kind of research cloningCenter for Genetics and Society, Our Bodies Ourselves, Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research, and Alliance for Humane Biotechnology Question Egg Harvesting for Speculative Research October 5th, 2011"We should not put the health of young women at risk, especially to get raw materials for such exploratory investigations.”
Celebrating Our Bodies Ourselvesby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesSeptember 29th, 2011A series of public events marks the 40th anniversary of Our Bodies Ourselves.
Turning 40, Going Globalby Gina Maranto, Biopolitical Times guest contributorSeptember 28th, 2011Born in Boston, Our Bodies, Ourselves has become an international force for women's rights.
Animal death toll ends cloning trials [New Zealand]by Kiran ChugThe Dominion PostFebruary 21st, 2011Although cloning trials will no longer be conducted, AgResearch will continue to develop transgenic cattle, sheep and goats.
Dog, Inc.: A Book About Peopleby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 11th, 2011A new book about dog cloning offers a deadpan description of the people involved.
Twists and Turns in California Stem Cell Leadershipby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 14th, 2010The position of Chairman at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has become embroiled in controversy.
Embryonic Stem Cells: A Small Step Forward?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 21st, 2010Geron's first clinical trial involving embryonic stem cells is greeted without much enthusiasm -- except by its competitors.
Women's Eggs for Research: Without Payment? by Susanne Schultz, Biopolitical Times guest contributorBiopolitical TimesOctober 14th, 2010Despite California rules, researchers are already making plans to acquire eggs using models that involve indirect payments.
Resurrection of a Stem-Cell Funding Barrier — Dickey–Wicker in Court[Opinion]by George AnnasThe New England Journal of MedicineSeptember 15th, 2010The place to resolve the issue of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is in Congress.
California stem cell agency bars public from meeting on eggsby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 23rd, 2010The CIRM can ill afford to be perceived as closed to public participation.
Bending the Rules in Californiaby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 16th, 2010Susanne Schultz recently investigated two organizations which may be skirting California's laws prohibiting payments to women to provide eggs for stem cell research.
3-Parent Embryos Could Prevent Disease, But Raise Ethical Issues [Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Brandon KeimWired ScienceApril 14th, 2010Mitochondrial swapping might seem less controversial than regular genetic engineering, because it involves metabolism rather than obvious physical traits. "On the other hand, when embryo manipulations for heritable changes start being done, even with the best intentions, we're on slippery ground," said Darnovsky.
Scientist who cloned Dolly the sheep sees revolution in disease treatment in 20 yearsby Mike WadeThe TimesMarch 29th, 2010The scientist who cloned Dolly the sheep believes that reprogrammed stem cells could revolutionize the treatment of inherited diseases "within ten to twenty years."
Korea Closer to Cloning Embryonic Stem Cellsby Kim Tae-gyuThe Korea TimesFebruary 18th, 2010Korean scientists are moving closer to deriving stem cells from cloned human embryos
Hwang Tries for a Comebackby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 5th, 2010Hwang Woo-Suk is making active efforts to salvage his reputation, and to reestablish himself as a force in science.
Promises, Promisesby Stuart BlackmanThe ScientistNovember 1st, 2009Ill-judged predictions and projections can be embarrassing at best and, at worst, damaging to the authority of science and science policy.
For Sale: Human Eggs Become a Research Commodityby Katherine HarmonScientific AmericanOctober 31st, 2009A decision to pay for eggs for stem cell studies sparks debate.
Hwang is Convictedby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 27th, 2009Hwang Woo-Suk, the notorious Korean stem-cell and cloning researcher, was given a suspended two-year prison sentence and three years of probation by a Seoul court on Monday.
Disgraced cloning expert convicted in South Koreaby Hyoung-Jin KimAssociated PressOctober 26th, 2009A South Korean stem cell scientist once hailed as a hero was convicted on criminal charges related to faked research, embezzlement, and inappropriate acquisition of human eggs, but avoided jail.
Symbol over Substanceby Jesse ReynoldsGeneWatch (Sep-Oct 2009)Cloning-based stem cell research has been more symbol than substance; more moving target than realistic goal. But it has been a monkey wrench in the gears for progressive advocates of responsible biotechnologies.
The rise and fall of hybrids in the UKby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesOctober 20th, 2009The remarkable push by UK researchers for animal-human hybrid embryos is another strange tale of science politics and science policy.
Good science and good ethics [PDF][Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]by Donna DickensonNature Reviews GeneticsOctober 7th, 2009Why we should discourage payment for eggs for stem cell research
Human tissue can be taken for human-animal embryo experiments without consentby Laura DonnellyThe Telegraph (UK)September 12th, 2009Tens of thousands of samples of human tissue will be offered for use in controversial human/animal hybrid embryo research without the consent of the patients who donated them.
Susan Solomon's Stem Cell Spinby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesSeptember 9th, 2009Last week, researchers reported a significant advance toward better understanding of--and potential treatments for--Type 1 diabetes. Yet strangely enough, one research advocate used it as an opportunity to praise a technique that this study not only didn't use, but also helped to refute.
The new stem cell--and more--lobbyby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJuly 27th, 2009Why is a new lobby for stem cell research and regenerative medicine needed?
New York OKs paying women who donate eggs for research[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Kevin B. O'ReillyAmerican Medical NewsJuly 27th, 2009Egg providers may get up to $10,000, an amount critics say could induce women to take unnecessary medical risks.
New York Times Editorials on Stem Cell ResearchJuly 13th, 2009A compilation of links to New York Times editorials on embryonic and cloning-based stem cell research
IVF discounts beat cash rewards for research eggs New ScientistJuly 12th, 2009Discounts for IVF are helping lure women to provide eggs for cloning-based stem cell research
Reactions to final NIH stem cell rulesby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJuly 8th, 2009The final guidelines for federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, which still exclude cloning-based work, received nearly unanimous support. Some backers had been more critical of the largely similar draft guidelines.
New York to Pay Women to Give Eggs for Stem Cell Researchby Rob SteinWashington PostJune 25th, 2009New York has become the first state to allow taxpayer-funded researchers to pay women for giving their eggs for cloning-based stem cell research.
"A bad idea whose time has apparently come"by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 23rd, 2009New York's stem cell program breaks with an international consensus, putting women's health at risk in order to pursue a discredited line of research.
NY to pay for eggs for researchby Elie DolginThe ScientistJune 17th, 2009New York has become the first and only state to pay women for eggs for cloning-based stem cell research
New York: OK to pay for eggs for stem cell researchby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesMay 19th, 2009The New York state stem cell research program is pushing the payment-for-eggs envelope further.
New Federal Stem Cell Research Guidelines and How to Comment on ThemMay 11th, 2009CGS believes the NIH guidelines strike the right balance needed to allow stem cell research to move forward in a socially responsible manner.
Cloning Heats Up as Next Bioresearch Fightby Alex WayneCongressional QuarterlyApril 28th, 2009The next biomedical research debate in Congress is shaping up: whether to allow government funding of experiments using potential stem cells from cloned human embryos.
NIH Embryonic Cell Guidelines Would Allow Use of Cells Only From Fertility Treatments[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]by Sarah Barr and Jeannie BaumannThe Bureau of National AffairsApril 27th, 2009The National Institutes of Health released draft guidelines limiting government-funded research using human embryonic stem cells to those left over from fertility treatments.
Draft federal stem cell policy gets it rightby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesApril 17th, 2009The NIH's new draft guidelines are consistent with President Obama' previous comments and public opinion, and also draw the right lines.
Federal stem cell guidelines welcomed by public interest groupCenter for Genetics and Society says NIH is drawing appropriate linesApril 17th, 2009"The guidelines open the door for federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, and ensure that it will be conducted responsibly."
Pitt researcher again pursues cloning patentby Walter F. Roche Jr.Pittshburgh Tribune-ReviewApril 4th, 2009A Pittsburgh stem cell researcher has renewed his efforts to win a patent on cloning human embryos, despite lingering questions from his past efforts.
Potential stem cell trouble in South Koreaby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesMarch 18th, 2009A team of researchers in South Korea has applied for approval to conduct cloning-based stem cell research. The concerns this raises should be placed in a wider context.
Obama's Order on Stem Cells Leaves Key Questions to NIHby Rob SteinWashington PostMarch 10th, 2009President Obama's order lifting limits on federal funding for stem cell research raises the prospect that taxpayer money could be used for much broader, more controversial studies than many anticipated.
More cloning, but still no stem cellsby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesFebruary 12th, 2009Three more research teams have created clonal human embryos, but none reported deriving stem cells from them.
Committee again sidesteps cloning research bid [South Korea]by Limb Jae-unJoongAng DailyFebruary 6th, 2009A South Korean bioethics committee deferred a decision on whether to approve Cha General Hospital’s plan to research human embryonic cloning.
SNU drops bid for stem cell patentby Ser Myo-jaJoongAng DailyDecember 31st, 2008Seoul National University has decided to end efforts to obtain overseas patents for stem cell technology of disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk
Cloning ban law likely not legal, trial judge saysAssociated PressDecember 31st, 2008A Missouri judge said that a state constitutional amendment endorsing stem cell research likely creates problems for a law set up to award life science research grants.
Public Opinion, Here and Abroad by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesDecember 22nd, 2008In the last few days, two interesting public opinion polls on stem cell research, cloning, and related topics were released.
Birds of a Featherby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesDecember 18th, 2008In what may just be a match made in heaven, two controversial cloning-based stem cell research companies have formed a joint venture.
Time to Put Research Cloning on the Back Burnerby Marcy DarnovskyWhats New in Life Science ResearchDecember 10th, 2008There is a lot of magical thinking going on about SCNT, but most of it has originated with advocates of cloning-based stem cell research who have irresponsibly hyped SCNT as an imminent miracle cure.
CIRM won't give up on eggs for cloning-based workby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesDecember 3rd, 2008The California stem cell research agency indicates that it will continue its recent push for women's eggs for cloning-based stem cell research, perhaps paying if necessary.
OK to Compensate Egg Donors [Singapore] Health Ministry backs reimbursement for their loss of time and earnings by Judith TanThe Straits TimesNovember 5th, 2008Singapore's Ministry of Health supports the principle set by the Bioethics Advisory Committee (BAC) to compensate women who donate their eggs for research for their loss of time and earnings.
Will the UN revisit cloning?by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesOctober 29th, 2008How are recent developments affecting a potential revival of a United Nations effort towards an international prohibition against cloning?
How Many Embryos Are Left Over?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 8th, 2008An estimate of how many leftover embryos might become available for research annually is surprisingly low.
Leftover embryo quandariesby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesOctober 7th, 2008Donating unused embryos, and minimizing conflicts of interest between fertility doctors and stem cell researchers.
Australia Oversees Cloning-based Stem Cell Researchby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesSeptember 26th, 2008The details of Australia's process for licensing cloning-based stem cell research are reassuring, particularly relative to the US, where the oversight remains remarkably inadequate.
Australia Grants License To Create Cloned Human EmbryosRed Ordbit and wire reportsSeptember 17th, 2008The Australian government's National Health and Medical Research Council has granted its first license allowing scientists to create cloned human embryos to obtain embryonic stem cells.
My Body, My Capital?by Donna DickensonThe IndependentAugust 28th, 2008In biomedicine, a series of legal cases have generated powerful momentum toward the transfer of rights over the body and its component parts from the individual "owner" to corporations and research institutions.
Discover magazine sets a new bar for pufferyby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesAugust 20th, 2008An interview with Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology in the latest issue of Discover sets a new standard for "puff piece."
Dolly's Creator Moves Away from Cloning and Embryonic Stem Cells by Sally LehrmanScientific AmericanJuly 31st, 2008Like many stem cell pioneers, Ian Wilmut, the creator of Dolly the sheep, has jumped to an alternative approach. Is this the beginning of the end for research cloning?
Disgraced Clone Expert Barred from WorkThe West AustralianJuly 31st, 2008South Korea will not allow disgraced cloning expert Hang Woo-suk to resume human stem cell research. Hwang's request was turned down by the country's national committee on bioethics.
Scientists: Egg Shortage Hurts Stem Cell Research [Quotes CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Marcus WohlsenAssociated PressJuly 30th, 2008Critics of cloning-based stem cell research say its promise is outweighed by the potential harm to women, a view that has prevailed among regulators. And there's a promising new approach to stem cell research that doesn't require eggs at all.
The True Believerby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 24th, 2008Michael West remains a man on a mission -- immortality.
Is It Time to Give Up on Therapeutic Cloning? A Q&A with Ian Wilmut by Sally LehrmanScientific AmericanJuly 22nd, 2008Is It Time to Give Up on Therapeutic Cloning? A Q&A with Ian Wilmut The creator of Dolly the sheep has ended his focus on somatic cell nuclear transfer, or cloning, in favor of another approach to create stem cells.
Fame-courting biotech running short of cashby Todd WallackBoston GlobeJuly 17th, 2008For the past decade, Advanced Cell Technology Inc. has claimed one spectacular success after another. Now, ACT could be on the verge of shutting down.
The New Push for Eggs for Stem Cell Research in Californiaby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 27th, 2008Recent calls by the leadership of California's stem cell program to toss aside a critical rule to protect women's health simply because it is interfering with the aims of a handful of researchers and biotech companies is far from warranted.
Funds boost for cloning researchby Deborah SmithThe Sydney Morning HeraldJune 20th, 2008Australian scientists are confident they will be the first in the world to create cloned human embryos after the announcement of a government grant for the controversial research.
Australia expands stem cell research to cloning and reprogrammingby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 12th, 2008Scientists in Australia may become the next to try obtaining stem cells from clonal human embryos. The big question remains vague: How will the researchers obtain the human eggs?
Egg shortage hits race to clone human stem cells: Researchers back bid to pay donors[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Brendan MaherNatureJune 11th, 2008US stem-cell researchers are calling for changes to state laws that prohibit compensating women who donate eggs for research.
Partisan fratricide over stem cells in Missouri?by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 6th, 2008Just when you thought that the strange saga of stem cell research policy in Missouri was over, think again.
Embryo-Free Stem Cell Research Gets Boostby Roger HighfieldTelegraphJune 4th, 2008A major advance in transforming one kind of cell into another is reported today that will likely to render plans to clone human embryos redundant in the quest for revolutionary new treatments.
Cloning the Deadby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 3rd, 2008The UK is now proposing allowing scientists to try to create clonal embryos from the tissues of dead people, most of whom have not given their consent.
New York considers paying women for eggs for stem cell researchby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 3rd, 2008The New York state stem cell research program is considering offering compensation for women to provide eggs.
Feminist scholars on eggs for cloning researchby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMay 30th, 2008Comprehensive articles on the use of women's eggs in cloning-based stem cell research.
Japan to Allow Limited Human Embryonic CloningNatureMay 28th, 2008An expert committee in Japan's science ministry agreed to lift a 2001 ban on human cloning for research purposes.
UK's Prime Minister Brown vs. scientistsby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesMay 22nd, 2008Like so many writings advocating cloning-based stem cell research, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown's recent op ed drifts to distortion and hyperbole.
South Korean Parliament Passes Law Banning Type Of Cloning, Broadening Embryonic Stem Cell ResearchAgence France-PresseMay 20th, 2008South Korea's Parliament on Friday passed a law that bans animal-human hybrid embryos in stem cell research.
British Lawmakers Allow Hybrid Human-Animal Embryosby Kitty Donaldson and Mark DeenBloombergMay 19th, 2008U.K. lawmakers voted to let scientists use stem cells derived from hybrid human-animal embryos in medical research.
Robert Winston on the UK's fertility billby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesMay 13th, 2008Assisted reproduction pioneer Lord Robert Winston had some surprising words about the UK's controversial bill to overhaul its oversight of the reproduction industry and stem cell research.
Embryo research: a source of hope or horror?by Roger HighfieldThe Telegraph (UK)May 9th, 2008As the United Kingdom Parliament prepares to debate a Bill revising the law on embryo research, Telegraph Science Editor Roger Highfield examines the complex issues at stake.
Stem Cell and Cloning Confusion, Once Againby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesApril 29th, 2008A frustrating aspect of working in stem cell policy is the nearly incessant conflation of the various types of stem cell research.
Inaccuracy and Histrionics in Louisiana by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesApril 17th, 2008In a too-common occurrence, the media are inaccurately portraying a stem cell bill, and research advocates are exaggerating its potential impact.
Cloning and Stem Cells: A Fake, a Red Herring, and a Surpriseby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesApril 15th, 2008I ran across three brief, interesting items regarding cloning and stem cell research yesterday.
The Many Hats of Robert Kleinby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesApril 11th, 2008The chair of California's multi-billion dollar stem cell research agency tries to juggle many hats, including those of advocate and lobbyist.
Two Takes on iPS cells in Natureby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesApril 10th, 2008Two articles – one in Nature and one in an offshoot journal - indicate the spectrum of response to the potential of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.
How to Break the Stem Cell Logjamby Jesse ReynoldsBioethics ForumApril 4th, 2008The stem cell wars may be cooling. But both sides need to take this opportunity seriously.
First British Human-Animal Hybrid Embryos Created by Scientistsby Alok JhaThe GuardianApril 2nd, 2008Cloning techniques using animal eggs produce 32-cell embryos.
Facts on the Groundby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesApril 2nd, 2008One need not be that cynical to believe that British cloning researchers are trying to change the "facts on the ground" for the upcoming debate.
Keep your eye on the stem cell ballby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesMarch 25th, 2008In a distinct shift of rhetoric, advocates of embryonic stem cell research recently recast its imminent benefits not as revolutionary regenerative medicine but simply as a better research tool for testing traditional small molecule drugs.
Cloning treats mouse Parkinson'sBBCMarch 23rd, 2008Therapeutic cloning has been successfully used to treat Parkinson's disease in mice, US researchers say.
An Embryonic Disaster?The government’s new fertility bill is under fire on religious, moral and even scientific groundsby Isabel Oakeshott and Sarah-Kate TempletonThe Sunday TimesMarch 16th, 2008The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is designed to regulate just how far scientists can go when experimenting on embryos or embryo parts. It will also lay down new boundaries for fertility clinics, setting out the circumstances in which controversial techniques for screening embryos for defects, or gender, are allowed.
Report from the CIRM Standards Working Group meetingby Susan FogelBiopolitical TimesMarch 10th, 2008Susan Fogel of the Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research filed this report on the recent meeting of the Standards Working Group of California stem cell research program, held on February 28, 2008 in San Francisco.
Cloning, Children, and Consentby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesFebruary 8th, 2008After a string of actions that are a mix of the rushed and the unjustified, now I am reluctant to offer the benefit of the doubt to the UK's governance of reproductive and genetic technologies.
A new path for stem cell research, without Holy Grailsby Marcy DarnovskyGenetic CrossroadsFebruary 7th, 2008A series of new techniques has moved the stem cell debate onto new technical, political, and ethical landscape, where it may be possible to find a clear path through the current stalemate.
Cloning Critics Split [PDF][Quotes CGS's Richard Hayes]by Neil MunroNational JournalFebruary 2nd, 2008Concern about cloning animals doesn't overlap with stances on human cloning.
Change planned on cloning consentBBC NewsFebruary 2nd, 2008The government may allow scientists to clone embryos from tissues donated for research without the need for donors' "express" consent.
Spain gives go ahead to research using therapeutic cloningTypically SpanishJanuary 24th, 2008Three research projects have been given permission, two in Valencia and one in Madrid
What to Expect in ’08: Stem Cell Researchby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 19th, 2008Prognostication is a risky endeavor, but we can't resist making a few general predictions about the world of stem cell research.
Mature Human Embryos Created From Adult Skin Cells[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Rick WeissWashington PostJanuary 18th, 2008Scientists at a California company reported yesterday that they had created the first mature cloned human embryos from single skin cells taken from adults, a significant advance toward the goal of growing personalized stem cells for patients suffering from various diseases.
Biotech Stemagen fused skin and egg to clone embryo[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Terri SomersSan Diego Union TribuneJanuary 18th, 2008The article published online yesterday in the journal Stem Cells showed that the tiny company had taken a big step toward its goal: patient-specific stem cells. The feat was met with mixed reviews in the small and competitive community of embryonic stem cell research.
U.S. Firm Clones Human Embryos[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Jennifer LeClaireSci-Tech TodayJanuary 18th, 2008On Thursday, a small biotech company made controversial stem-cell research waves with an announcement that it has cloned human embryos using SCNT.
Scientists Clone Embryo From Skin Cellsby Lisa AminABCJanuary 17th, 2008Ethical concerns about the California company that produced cloned human embryos
California firm’s cloning results are disturbing; may violate state lawPublic interest group cites three key concerns January 17th, 2008Today's announcement that a private California company has created cloned human embryos is disturbing. This work raises three concerns.
First animal-human embryo trials to go aheadby Mark HendersonThe Times (UK)January 17th, 2008Experiments to create Britain's first embryos that merge human and animal material will begin within months after a Government watchdog today approved two research teams to carry out the controversial work.
Human embryos cloned from adult cells[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by David CyranoskiNatureJanuary 17th, 2008A California company has brought human cloning research to a new level with efficient production of cloned human blastocysts - an early stage of embryos.
As human cloning advances, ethics debate gets louder[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Sandi DolbeeSan Diego Union TribuneJanuary 17th, 2008A human embryo has been cloned by using a woman's egg cells and a man's skin cells. And so has a question for the ages: Just because you can do it, does it make it right?
Stem-Cell Researchby Marcy Darnovsky and Judy NorsigianConscience (Catholics for Choice)January 15th, 2008This letter to the editor expresses concerns about the health risks of egg extraction and the speculative nature of cloning-based stem cell research.
Share your eggs and get half-price IVFby Danielle BeetonSunderland EchoJanuary 8th, 2008Scientists are offering infertile UK women half-price IVF treatment in return for donating some of their eggs for stem cell research.
2007 in Review: Reprogramming the Stem Cell DebateGenetic CrossroadsDecember 21st, 2007Last month's dramatic news that ordinary cells can be "reprogrammed" to act like embryonic stem cells has already shifted the science of stem cell research. Logically, it should also shake up stem cell politics.
Yamanaka: Non-scientists Should Oversee Stem Cell Researchby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesDecember 17th, 2007In a new interview, Shinya Yamanaka touched on the need for oversight of stem cell research, and emphasized that non-scientists need to take the lead in deciding what's acceptable.
Donated Eggs Don't Come Cheapby Jennifer SwiftNew ScientistDecember 8th, 2007Most discussion of the ethical debate around cloning has focused on the moral status of the human embryo. Little attention has been given to the risks that women face when donating the eggs needed for such research.
Stem cell cheerleading and hand-wringing at The New York Timesby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesDecember 4th, 2007The Times has a biotech hype problem on its editorial page, where over-the-top stem cell fervor long ago left thoughtful assessment behind.
Human Cloning Isn’t Monkey Businessby Osagie K. ObasogieGenetic CrossroadsNovember 29th, 2007Rarely have science, politics, and international diplomacy converged as intensely as they have over the past few days.
Stem Cell Breakthrough Could Stifle Researchby Christopher WanjekLiveScienceNovember 27th, 2007Never has such a breakthrough been so worrisome to scientists.
Human Skin Cells Altered to Be PluripotentEffect on Debate Unclear [Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]by Jeannie Baumann and Joyce CutlerBureau of National AffairsNovember 24th, 2007As debate continues over whether and how to fund embryonic stem cell research, two groups of scientists report on a method of generating pluripotent stem cells from adult human skin cells, possibly offering a way to exploit this promising field of research without raising some of the ethical questions.
Stem-Cell Science Outruns Political Debateby Marcy DarnovskySan Jose Mercury NewsNovember 23rd, 2007There's a right way and a wrong way to join politics and science; the stem-cell debate offers a prime example of how not to do it.
Cloning-based stem cell research should be "put on the back burner"Public interest group says cell reprogramming tips the balance November 23rd, 2007Efforts to create embryonic stem cells using cloning techniques should be put on hold for the time being, according to the Center for Genetics and Society, a public interest organization.
Beyond the Embryo FightA recent stem-cell breakthrough negates the need for research using human embryosby Richard HayesLos Angeles TimesNovember 22nd, 2007The debate over cloning embryos for stem cell research has been one of the most divisive and unpleasant public controversies of the last decade. Now we have a chance to put the cloning debate behind us.
Researchers Turn Skin Cells Into Stem Cells[Quote CGS's Jesse Reynolds]by Gretchen VogelScienceNow Daily NewsNovember 21st, 2007Scientists have managed to reprogram human skin cells directly into cells that look and act like embryonic stem (ES) cells. The technique makes it possible to generate patient-specific stem cells to study or treat disease without using embryos or oocytes--and therefore could bypass the ethical debates that have plagued the field.
Sea change in cloning-based stem cell research shifts scientific and political debateNew source of stem cells and statements by Wilmut weaken argument for use of cloning techniques, women's eggsNovember 20th, 2007Today's announcement by researchers that they can create powerful stem cells from ordinary human body cells shifts both the scientific terrain and the contentious political debate, said the Center for Genetics and Society, a public interest organization.
Goodbye Dolly?by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesNovember 17th, 2007Ian Wilmut, who came to fame by producing the world's first cloned mammal - and who is sitting on one of two licenses to clone human embryos that the British government has issued - is giving up on cloning techniques in stem cell research.
Dolly creator Prof Ian Wilmut shuns cloningby Roger HighfieldUK TelegraphNovember 16th, 2007Prof Ian Wilmut's decision to turn his back on "therapeutic cloning", just days after US researchers announced a breakthrough in the cloning of primates, will send shockwaves through the scientific establishment.
Don't count your eggsby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesNovember 16th, 2007The research team that cloned a monkey embryo has used 15,000 eggs during the past decade.
Monkey Cloning Raises Troubling Questions Unconnected to the Status of EmbryosLegislation is needed to prohibit reproductive cloning and reduce risks to women who provide eggs November 15th, 2007The apparent monkey cloning success at the Oregon National Primate Research Center gives new urgency to important social and safety issues raised by cloning-based stem cell research using human tissues, said the Center for Genetics and Society, a public interest organization.
Scientists Report Cloning Monkey Embryosby Roger HighfieldThe Telegraph (UK)November 12th, 2007A U.S. research facility has reported the ability to create cloned embryos from adult monkeys.
CHA Grant Application: Pushed or Jumped?by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesOctober 4th, 2007When a controversial applicant for California stem cell research funds withdrew its approved request during its final administrative review, it seemed a bit disingenuous.
Researchers Detour Around Stem-Cell Rules [Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Bijal TrivediChronicle of Higher EducationOctober 1st, 2007To stay in the [stem cell] game, researchers are engaging in all sorts of cellular alchemy to find alternatives to fresh oocytes.
Therapeutic misconception and stem cell researchSome are making too good a case for stem cells' medical benefitsby Mildred K. Cho & David MagnusNature Reports Stem Cells September 27th, 2007Slogans such as "save lives with stem cells" boost the risk that people will overestimate the benefits and underestimate the risks of participating in stem cell research.
Human Ova Trade to Be Bannedby Kim RahnThe Korea TimesSeptember 27th, 2007A new South Korean law restricts the types of ova that can be used for embryo cloning and prohibits selling or purchasing ova.
The Old Gray Lady's "Distressing" Editorialby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesSeptember 25th, 2007It's distressing to see the nation's leading newspaper characterize informed choices about health risks -- choices unswayed by thousands of dollars -- as unacceptable barriers to scientific research.
Of Animal Eggs and Human Embryosby EditorsNew York TimesSeptember 24th, 2007There are distressingly few women willing to donate their eggs for experiments at the frontiers of this promising science.
CIRM's New President: The Good and the Badby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesSeptember 17th, 2007The new president of the California stem cell agency brings a diverse set of skills to the table. But Alan Trounson's record as a businessman and advocate is worth a close look
Refreshing Stem Cell Honesty, Part Oneby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesSeptember 6th, 2007Stephen Minger of King's College London again provides some much-needed honesty in the claims of cloning-based stem cell research.
Cloning Cult Enters Stem Cell Businessby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJuly 17th, 2007The alien love cult for the biotech century is back.
Stowers Institute Delays Missouri Expansionby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJuly 17th, 2007The Stowers Institute for Medical Research may not locate its multi-billion dollar expansion in Missouri after all.
Activated eggs offer route to stem cellsby David CyranoskiNatureJuly 12th, 2007A technique that could sidestep many of the limitations and ethical concerns that plague the production of human embryonic stem cells was unveiled late last month by a team of US and Russian researchers.
Cracking Cloningby The Readers and Editors of The ScientistThe ScientistJuly 12th, 2007"Nuclear transfer research encompasses some of the most compelling biological and ethical puzzles of our time. In an online publishing experiment, we asked The Scientist readers to help us create the article. Here's how you would solve the mysteries of the egg, fertilization, and cloning."
Stem-cell research 'boosting' women's egg tradeby Anna SallehABC News (Australia)July 6th, 2007An Australian researcher says demand for eggs for stem-cell research will put vulnerable women at increased pressure to sell their ova to unscrupulous dealers.
Bigger than Dolly?by Jesse ReynoldsGenetic CrossroadsJune 29th, 2007Here in the United States, political maneuverings around embryonic stem cell research made headlines throughout June. But this was little more than rehearsed political theatre, reenacting a well-known script.
Scientists move closer to human therapeutic cloningby Rob TaylorReutersJune 22nd, 2007U.S. researchers said they had successfully created embyonic stem cells from monkey embryos.
UCI to attempt therapeutic cloningby Gary RobbinsOrange County RegisterMay 16th, 2007Controversial work meant to produce patient-specific stem cells.
[OPINION] Embryo cloning claptrap - is there no limit to public gullibility?by David van GendThe National Forum (Australia)May 2nd, 2007It is one of the unhappier jobs of a doctor to tell a patient she is a victim of false hope. But somebody has to do it.
First U.S. Public Funding of Research Cloning Tainted by Scandal and QuestionsGenetic CrossroadsApril 30th, 2007The California stem cell agency approved the first public funding of cloning-based human stem cell research in the United States. One grant raised especially troubling questions.
[Letter to Editor | Science] Oocyte Donation for Stem Cell Researchby Marcy Darnovsky and Susan Berke FogelScienceApril 20th, 2007The [International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)] guidelines would in fact weaken important ethical standards that have already been established
Representative Nelson Introduces Ban on Human Cloning in OregonSalem-News.comApril 15th, 2007Oregon State Representative Donna Nelson (R-McMinnville) proposes a state ban on human cloning.
Public Interest Group Calls for California Stem Cell Agency to Investigate its Controversial GrantMarch 22nd, 2007Lawsuit alleges fertility center director lied to obtain woman’s eggs; foreign corporation’s eligibility for public funds due to its recently established non-profit California subsidiary
Never satisfiedby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMarch 9th, 2007Are researchers justified in asking women to provide their eggs for research cloning? Some people, including British cloning researcher Professor Alison Murdoch, are apparently impatient with all the dilly-dallying.
Researchers Push for Looser Rules on Procuring Women's EggsGenetic CrossroadsFebruary 28th, 2007Scientists who want large numbers of women's eggs for cloning-based stem cell research face widespread objections and concerns because of the risks that egg retrieval poses for women and the speculative nature of benefits from research cloning.
Important Changes in UK Law on Reproductive and Genetic Technologiesby David KingGenetic CrossroadsJanuary 26th, 2007Dr. David King gives his views on government proposals that would reorganize the UK HFEA and set important new rules.
Playing the fear cardby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 10th, 2007The idea of creating human-animal hybrids is initially deeply repulsive. Although many people may imagine something out of Planet of the Apes, at least one proposal is less problematic than what it would supplant.
Poll: Public understands less about research cloningby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesDecember 27th, 2006Public support in the US for embryonic stem cell research is on the decline, surprisingly, after four years of increases. But I don't think this, the top conclusion of the press release accompanying the latest annual Virginia Commonwealth UniversityLife Sciences Survey, is the most relevant inference from the results.
Cloning fight launchedby Kit WagarKansas City StarDecember 20th, 2006"Surrounded by boisterous supporters, state Sen. Matt Bartle and Rep. Jim Lembke unveiled their proposal Tuesday to reverse last month’s public vote to protect stem-cell research in Missouri."
Cloning concerns from a stem cell researcherby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesDecember 20th, 2006Some scientists are open with their skepticism towards the use of cloning techniques in stem cell research. The latest is embryonic stem cell researcher Austin Smith, the Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research and "one of Britain's most respected experts in the field."
Cloning benefits oversold, says stem-cell scientistby Mark HendersonTimes OnlineDecember 18th, 2006"The medical promise of therapeutic cloning has been oversold and its unreasonably high profile risks turning the public against more promising aspects of stem-cell research, according to one of Britain’s most respected experts in the field."
Year in Review: Research cloning: Next front in the stem cell wars? (Part 4 of 5)Genetic CrossroadsDecember 14th, 2006Scientific fraud of the century; Australia and Missouri approve research cloning
Research cloning down underby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesDecember 7th, 2006Both houses of Australia's parliament recently voted to lift that country's moratorium on creating cloned embryos for stem cell research.
CSI Daycare?by Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesDecember 5th, 2006Using kits that are available online, at police stations, or at doctors’ offices, parents are swabbing their children’s cheeks and banking their DNA on the off chance that it will help in their rescue or identification in the event of abduction.
The Trouble with Tissuesby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesNovember 30th, 2006It's not surprising that, according to a recent poll, people are concerned that personal tissue samples could be used for cloning, the derivation of stem cell lines, or the development profitable products without the donor sharing in the rewards.
Walk This Way . . .by Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesNovember 20th, 2006Last week’s Nova had an intriguing segment on a rural Muslim Turkish family that, strangely enough, walks on their hands and feet. What’s fascinating, however, is not simply that they are quadrupeds, but how some evolutionary geneticists are using this family to put forth theories on the genetic cause of human bipedality, or our ability to walk upright.
Stem cell (il)literacyby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesNovember 14th, 2006These topics can be a bit confusing, and many advocates on both sides of the polarized debate have consciously worked to reshape the language. The mistakes made by most writers are due to the learning curve and the linguistic machinations of interested parties. Regardless of the cause, the public is too often left more confused than before.
O Brave New World? No thanks.by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesNovember 9th, 2006The popular science blogger Pharyngula not only defends the proposal in the UK to use cow eggs in research cloning, but calls for the resulting mostly-human clonal embryo to be implanted and brought to term - in a cow's uterus.
Missouri stem cell plan OKdby Jeremy ManierChicago TribuneNovember 9th, 2006"On an Election Day when activists of many ideological stripes could tout victories on ballot measures, the narrow passage of a stem cell research initiative in Missouri sent a mixed message about that issue's political potency."
Missouri Boosts Stem Cell Researchby Rachel BarronRed HerringNovember 8th, 2006"And on Wednesday, it appears Missouri voters passed a state constitutional amendment protecting the state_s right to conduct stem cell research already allowed under federal law."
Australia Senate Lifts Ban on Cloningby ROD McGUIRKAssociated PressNovember 7th, 2006"Australia's Senate narrowly voted to end the country's four-year ban on cloning human embryos for stem cell research, ruling Tuesday that the potential for medical breakthroughs outweighed moral doubts."
Stem Cell Research: Fact and Fictionby Caroline DobuzinskisMother Jones MoJo BlogNovember 3rd, 2006Stem cells have become the superstars of this election season, with their profiles raised by celebrities and ad campaigns. An interview with Jesse Reynolds, spokesman for the Center for Genetics and Society, shed some light on the realities of the issue.
Stem Cell Issue Roils Missouri Raceby David LiebAssociated PressOctober 26th, 2006"The battle over stem cell research in Missouri doesn't lack for star power. Ailing actor Michael J. Fox, rock star cancer-survivor Sheryl Crow, Super Bowl hero Kurt Warner, World Series pitcher Jeff Suppan and celebrities galore have all given voters their two cents"
Showdown on Research Cloning in AustraliaGenetic CrossroadsOctober 20th, 2006Like Missouri, Australia is also debating the legality of cloning for stem cell research. But in contrast to the debates in the United States, the dialogue in Australia is remarkably open, and contains much less of the exaggerated rhetoric seen here.
Millions more in funds for Missouri for stem cell research amendmentby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesOctober 18th, 2006
Measure poses hard-to-answer question to Missouri votersby Matt FranckSt. Louis Post-DispatchOctober 7th, 2006"In the case of a statewide ballot measure on stem-cell research, voters face a tug of war between those who argue for the sanctity of unborn life, and those who tout the promises of potential cures."
Which Comes First: The Woman or the Egg?Missing Persons in the Stem Cell Debateby Marcy DarnovskySeptember 29th, 2006Presentation at the Ethical Worlds of Stem Cell Medicine conference, San Francisco and Berkeley, CA
California Enacts Law to Reduce Risks to Women Who Provide Eggs For Stem Cell ResearchSeptember 26th, 2006The signing of SB 1260, the Reproductive Health and Research bill, is a victory for women's health. The provisions of the new law will reduce the risks to women who provide eggs for cloning techniques used in stem cell research.
SB 1260 (Standards for Egg Retrieval for Stem Cell Research) Fact SheetSeptember 14th, 2006
Stem Cells on Missouri's Ballot: Much Political Ado, Little Policy MeaningGenetic CrossroadsSeptember 14th, 2006On the heels of federal debate over human embryonic stem cell research, and two years after the passage of California's stem cell research initiative, the issue returns to a state ballot. But this time, in the central state of Missouri, the policy proposal is much different.
Impact of stem cell initiative questionableby David LiebAssociated PressSeptember 10th, 2006"More precisely, proposed Constitutional Amendment 2, which would guarantee that any federally allowed stem cell research and therapy can occur in Missouri, including on human embryos. By early summer, supporters already had raised more than $16 million."
Book reviews: Stem cells, enhancement and cloningGenetic CrossroadsAugust 4th, 2006Genetic Crossroads reviews Stem Cell Wars (Eve Herold), Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life (Lee M. Silver), and After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning (Ian Wilmut and Roger Highfield)
Hold fire on therapeutic cloning until there's proof it worksby John MartinSydney Morning HeraldJuly 26th, 2006John Martin, emeritus professor of medicine at Melbourne University and a supporter of embryonic stem cell research, explains his concerns with cloning for stem cell research.
Editorial: After the hype: what Dolly the sheep really did for usNew ScientistJuly 1st, 2006"A decade on, much of that excitement has vanished and cloning is in the doldrums. Creating genetic replicas of animals has proved so difficult that it is only used when large profits beckon, and therapeutic cloning has not got off the starting blocks."
Dolly's cloning revolution fails to materialiseby Peter Aldhous and Andy CoghlanNew ScientistJuly 1st, 2006"Yet 10 years after her euphoric birth, the hopes, and fears, that cloning would spark a revolution in biotechnology, animal breeding and human medicine have so far proved wide of the mark."
Research Cloning Frequently Asked QuestionsAnswers to common questions concerning research cloning
Research Cloning Basic ScienceA basic explanation of the science behind research cloning.
Research Cloning Arguments Pro and Con Summary of the arguments for and against research cloning as well as rebuttals to each side
Disgraced Cloning Scientist Goes on Trialby BO-MI LIMAssociated PressJune 20th, 2006"Disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk went on trial Tuesday on charges of fraud and embezzlement in a scandal over faked stem cell research that undermined global hopes of dramatic new treatments for incurable diseases."
Harvard launches human stem cell cloning attemptby Gareth CookBoston GlobeJune 6th, 2006"Harvard scientists announced today they are beginning an ambitious attempt to create the world_s first cloned human embryonic stem cells, bringing the university into one of science_s most ethically charged fields."
The United Nations Human Cloning Treaty Debate, 2000-2005June 1st, 2006In December 2001 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution proposed by France and Germany calling on the UN to initiate a process intended to lead to a binding treaty banning human reproductive cloning.
Egg Extraction For Stem Cell Research: Issues for Women’s HealthMay 25th, 2006
CGS and Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research further comments on CIRM research standards by Susan Berke Fogel and Jesse ReynoldsMay 24th, 2006
Other International Bodies and CloningA summary of policies and statements on reproductive and research cloning by the leadership of the European Union, World Health Organization, and the Group of Eight.
Cloning Scientist Is Indicted in South Koreaby CHOE SANG-HUNNew York TimesMay 12th, 2006" Hwang Woo Suk, the disgraced cloning expert, was indicted on fraud and embezzlement charges today, months after an investigative panel determined that he had fabricated evidence to prove that he had cloned human cells. "
Beyond Embryo PoliticsWomen's Health and Dignity in Stem Cell Researchby Emily GalpernThe Women's Health Activist: Newsletter of the National Women's Health NetworkApril 30th, 2006The hype around stem cell research and the resulting media attention have raised public hopes that research will soon lead to cures for chronic diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson's. These hopes overshadow serious risks associated with one approach to stem cell research that has been receiving increased attention from scientists.
Picking Up the Pieces After Hwangby Gretchen VogelScienceApril 28th, 2006"Several groups around the world are trying to do what Woo Suk Hwang fraudulently claimed to have done"
CGS and the Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research comments on the draft final CIRM research standards [PDF]by Susan Berke Fogel and Marcy DarnovskyApril 28th, 2006
Picking Up the Pieces After Hwangby Gretchen VogelScienceApril 28th, 2006"But as the shock of the scandal wears off, a handful of groups around the world are trying to do what Hwang and his group apparently couldn't."
Editorial: Oversight at Pitt: Whither due diligence?Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewApril 26th, 2006"Schatten may have believed all was well until it became impossible to say so with a straight face. But due diligence by Pitt quite likely would have unraveled the fraud earlier -- perhaps before publication."
Lax oversight by Pitt enabled Schatten fiascoby By Jennifer Bails and Luis FabregasPittsburgh Tribune-ReviewApril 23rd, 2006"The University of Pittsburgh's lax policies and disregard for federal guidelines allowed biologist Gerald Schatten to participate in one of the biggest scientific frauds in history, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review examination. "
Policy Developments on Women's EggsGenetic CrossroadsMarch 29th, 2006
Researcher Fired Over Cell FiascoAssociated PressMarch 21st, 2006"The scientist who stunned the medical world with claims that he had created the first cloned human embryos and extracted stem cells from them _ research later found to have been faked _ was fired Monday by South Korea's most prestigious university. "
I didn't clone Dolly the sheep, says profby Auslan CrambUK TelegraphMarch 8th, 2006When asked by a lawyer whether the statement "I did not create Dolly" was accurate, Professor Wilmut replied: "Yes."
Rethinking research cloning?Genetic CrossroadsFebruary 23rd, 2006
University tries to downplay US researcher's role in cloning fraudGenetic CrossroadsFebruary 23rd, 2006
Fake findings used to secure $16M grantby Jennifer BailsPittsburgh Tribune ReviewFebruary 22nd, 2006"A University of Pittsburgh reproductive biologist relied on the now-discredited stem-cell findings of a disgraced Korean scientist to win a $16.1 million federal grant last fall, according to federal documents and letters..."
Hwang Aide Says Schatten Knew Allby Kim Tae-gyuThe Korea TimesFebruary 16th, 2006"A senior researcher of the disbanded Seoul cloning team Thursday accused Prof. Gerald Schatten at the University of Pittsburgh of concocting the stem cell paper fabrication, according to the prosecution. "
South Korean Cloning Scandal Takes Toll on Whistle-Blowersby Barbara DemickLos Angeles TimesFebruary 16th, 2006"The behind-the-scenes story of how the cloning fraud came to light tells a lot about South Korea today."
Donor breakthrough for cloning researchby Mark HendersonThe Times (London)February 14th, 2006"BRITISH women are to be cleared to donate eggs solely for cloning experiments that promise new therapies for diseases such as Parkinson_s and diabetes, The Times has learnt. "
U.S. Stem Cell Researcher Rebukedby Rick WeissWashington PostFebruary 11th, 2006"Investigators at the University of Pittsburgh have concluded that Pitt faculty member and stem cell researcher Gerald P. Schatten committed "research misbehavior" by seeking personal, professional and financial gains from research..."
Cloning: Do we even need eggs?by Phyllida BrownNatureFebruary 9th, 2006"Less than a month ago, investigators at Seoul National University in South Korea announced that cloning researcher Woo Suk Hwang had lied when he claimed his team cloned human embryos with relative ease and produced stem cells from them."
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