The reality of human cloning

By Paul Stark In 2013, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University announced a major scientific breakthrough. They had, for the first time, successfully derived stem cells from cloned human embryos. Today, the creation and destruction of cloned embryos takes place in several laboratories around the country. Few people are aware of this research, the …

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Post’s Junk Biology Pushes Human Cloning

  By Wesley J. Smith Here we go again! Now that human cloning has been done with adult cells, the pro-cloning crowd pushes it using junk biology–just as they did in years past. First at bat: The Washington Post in an editorial. It acknowledges that embryonic stem cell research is controversial because it destroys embryos. …

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“Therapeutic cloning” back on the boil

  By Michael Cook After a couple of years in hibernation, the notion of “therapeutic cloning” is once again in the headlines. The latest development comes from Shoukhrat Mitalipov, a Russian-educated researcher at Oregon Health and Science University. In a paper in Nature, his team reports that they have successfully created embryonic stem cells using …

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Mouse cloning advance raises specter of human cloning

  By Wesley J. Smith. I have long believed and argued that stem cell research is merely the opening stanza of a longer planned biotechnological symphony. What “the scientists” are really after is a reliable way to conduct human cloning. Without cloning, and you might get effective medical treatments from all kinds of stem cells–both …

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The Human Cloning Goal Behind Stem Cell Cures

  By Wesley J. Smith Buried deep in an encouraging story about another advance in turning skin cells into stem cells, we see more evidence of biotechnology’s ultimate human cloning goal. First, the good news. An acid bath may be able to replace viruses in transforming skin cells into stem cells that can become any …

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Human Cloning Obfuscation 7: No Spin in Science Journals

By Wesley J. Smith The mainstream media–under the influence of spin from “the scientists”–has been playing a game of hide-the-ball about the recent first human cloning success. For example, the LA Times threw a lot of dirt in the air by calling the success merely an “incremental step” toward human cloning. No. It. Was. Human …

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Human Cloning Obfuscation 5: Monkey Cloned Pregnancy

By Wesley J. Smith Thanks to Brendan P. Foht, over at The Corner, for showing that it was misleading to claim that SCNT [somatic cell nuclear transfer] human cloning could not lead to a human pregnancy because there have been no successful cloned monkey pregnancies. But there have been cloned monkey pregnancies, with one embryo …

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Cloning Obfuscation 2 [and 3 & 4]

By Wesley J. Smith The junk biology is flying in the media’s descriptions of the now accomplished human cloning. This next example comes from the Wall Street Journal’s Gautam Naik.  From the ridiculously titled, “Experiment Brings Human Cloning One Step Closer:” Scientists have used cloning technology to transform human skin cells into embryonic stem cells, …

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New breakthrough in human cloning should recall ethical problems

By Paul Stark On Wednesday the journal Cell published research from a group of scientists (most of them from Oregon Health and Science University) indicating that they successfully derived stem cells from cloned human embryos. This breakthrough—after years of technical difficulties that stalled cloning efforts—should refresh the many ethical concerns regarding the enterprise of human …

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Let the Cloning Obfuscation Begin

By Wesley J. Smith Now that human cloning is upon us, look for many scientists and their camp followers (or ignorant reporters) to mislead about what the technology entails. Human SCNT [somatic cell nuclear transfer] creates human embryos through asexual means. It does not create stem cells. To obtain cloned stem cells, the embryos have …

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National Right to Life Condemns Reported Creation of Human Embryos to Kill Them; Warns of “Human Embryo Farms”

The following statement was issued by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) in response to publication today in the online journal Cell of a paper in which scientists at Oregon Health & Science University reported use of cloning techniques to produce human embryos, 21 of whom they were able to sustain to the point in development at …

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