From The Christian Institute
US scientists have, for the first time, recovered stem cells from cloned human embryos, in a move raising serious ethical concerns.
Critics warn that the technique, which is similar to the one used to clone Dolly the sheep, could pave the way for ‘designer’ babies being cloned in laboratories.
But the team from Oregon Health and Science University, led by Dr Shoukhrat Mitalipov, dismissed the concerns.
Dr David King, founder of Human Genetics Alert, called for an international ban on human cloning.
He said it was “irresponsible in the extreme” to have published details of the study.
Josephine Quintavalle, from the group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, questioned the need for the research when more simple ways of making customised stem cells already exist.