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tlr online
12-02-04, 06:26
South Korean scientists have cloned 30 human embryos to obtain cells they hope could one day be used to treat disease. Seoul National University's Woo Suk Hwang, and colleagues, took the genetic material from normal cells in women donors and combined it with their eggs. The resulting embryos were then grown up to produce so-called stem cells that can divide into any tissue in the body. The aim is to use the cells to replace ones that have failed in patients with problems such as Alzheimer's disease.

"Because these cells carry the nuclear genome of the individual, after differentiation they could be expected to be transplanted without immune rejection for treatment of degenerative disorders," said Professor Hwang. "Our approach opens the door for the use of these specially developed cells in transplantation medicine."

Details of the research are published online by the journal Science, on its Science Express website, and are to be discussed here on Thursday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting.

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[ 12. February 2004, 07:27: Message edited by: tlr online ]

monstrum
12-02-04, 06:33
cool

SpArKy
12-02-04, 07:43
Unnerving, if you ask me, knowing the Koreans, they will clone soldiers!