Oregon breakthrough reignites stem-cell debate

Oregon breakthrough reignites stem-cell debate

An OHSU biologist's cloned human embryonic stem cell breakthrough is bringing up the debate over harvesting stem cells again.

The methods [Shoukhrat Mitalipov] detailed in a prestigious journal in May are viewed as within scientific spitting distance of creating human clones. Indeed, his latest research at Oregon Health & Science University is banned from any federal funding because it entails destruction of what are considered early human embryos.

His study renewed calls in the U.S. for a cloning ban similar to other countries. Making matters worse, duplicate images in his published article led a posse of scientists online to pore through his earlier work, searching for other errors.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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