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 …Continue reading "The reality of human cloning"
By Wesley J. Smith We live in very unethical times. The human cloning fraudster, Hwang Woo-suk, has hit it big with a new stem cell startup. From the AAAS story: The scientist who once fraudulently claimed to have created embryonic stem cells matched to human patients and the one who really did it plan …Continue reading "Human Cloning Fraud Pays"
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. …Continue reading "Post’s Junk Biology Pushes Human Cloning"
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 …Continue reading "“Therapeutic cloning” back on the boil"
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 …Continue reading "Mouse cloning advance raises specter of human cloning"
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 …Continue reading "The Human Cloning Goal Behind Stem Cell Cures"
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 …Continue reading "Human Cloning Obfuscation 7: No Spin in Science Journals"
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 …Continue reading "Human Cloning Obfuscation 5: Monkey Cloned Pregnancy"
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, …Continue reading "Cloning Obfuscation 2 [and 3 & 4]"
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 …Continue reading "Let the Cloning Obfuscation Begin"
By Wesley J. Smith James Watson, the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix demonstrated that just because one is a brilliant scientist, that doesn’t mean he or she is also a good ethicist. [Editor’s note. Wesley links to an interview Watson gave in which Watson showed his eugenicist’s colors.] And now, we have another example: …Continue reading "Nobel Prize Scientist Supports Human Cloning"
By Dave Andrusko I have attached two outstanding reviews of a new “breakthrough” study the results of which are grossly misrepresented, of no use, and highly unethical. I’m referring to Paul Stark’s “A breakthrough in embryo-destructive research?” and Wesley Smith’s “Human Cloning Research Breakthrough Is Unethical.” There is so much to discuss I will write …Continue reading "Science, “Anti-Science,” and the Firewall"