Mice Cloned from Skin Cells

Posted on August 11, 2009

Stem cells are a subject of great ethical controversy all over the world. In Hong Kong, researchers have added fuel to the debate by creating live mice out of stem cells from mouse skin cells – but they insist their work won’t lead towards the first human clone.

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“It would not be ethical to attempt to use iPS cells in human reproduction. It is important for science to have ethical boundaries. [It is] in no way meant as a first step in that direction,” Fanyi Zeng of the Shanghai Institute of Medical Genetics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University said.

“We are confident that tremendous good can come from demonstrating the versatility of reprogrammed cells in mice, and this research will be used to… understand the root causes of disease and lead to viable treatments and cures of human afflictions.”

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Stem cells are the body’s root cells, providing the basis for all tissues, organs, and blood. The scientists at Jiao Tong University used pluripotent skin cells, which had been programmed to act like normal stem cells. This discovery is important because it shows that ordinary connective cells can also act as embryonic stem cells, which can morph into any kind of cells. The researchers developed 37 lines of stem cells and derived 3 live births.

Scholars not involved in the research expressed hope that their work would have implications for cancer research. “It will be interesting to see whether mice generated in this fashion have a higher propensity for tumor formation,” Andrew Laslett of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Technology at the Australian Stem Cell Centre in Melbourne, Australia wrote of the developments.

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Rachel is a writer and tutor living in Virginia. She loves learning about other cultures and thinks we’re all a little wacky.
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Babu G. Ranganathan
Babu G. Ranganathan

HOW DO EGG YOLKS BECOME CHICKENS? (Internet Article) When you divide a cake, the parts are smaller than the original cake and the cake never gets bigger. When we were a single cell and that cell divided, the new cells were the same size as the original cell and we got bigger. New material had to come from somewhere. That new material came from food. The sequence in our DNA directed our mother's food, we received in the womb, to become new cells forming all the tissues and organs of our body. Understand how DNA works. Read my Internet article: HOW DO EGG YOLKS BECOME CHICKENS? Just google the title to access the article. Babu G. Ranganathan (B.A. Bible/Biology) Author of the popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS.

Then there was V
Then there was V

I like the cloning Jessica Alba Idea.. I'm down for it..

Yannick Gauthier
Yannick Gauthier

we should clone jessica alba 4 -5 million times and fuck her over and over again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Newperson
Newperson

Cloning is a major step forward for science. Hopefully, it will continue to keep the fundie religious at bay.

Portable Tap Floors
Portable Tap Floors

I think i already watched this on youtube or read it on university websites. Well, i think it means that people nowadays are getting more and more intelligent.

Ryan Lee Hannant
Ryan Lee Hannant

Now to repopulate species on the brink of extinction, such as the Bengal tiger, which would also be useful to maul the inevitable Christian protesters.

Anon
Anon

True, there are skin cells of many extinct/near extinct species. Could be interesting.... Lest we forget Jurassic Park that is.