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View Resource Major Cloning Advance

In a step that could pave the way to using animals as organ banks, scientists at the PPL Therapeutics in Edinburgh, Scotland, the same laboratory that helped produce Dolly the cloned sheep in 1996, have developed a method to selectively modify genes in sheep clones. Although transgenic modification of sheep is fairly well developed, before now, there has been no control over where the gene would...
View Resource Roslin Institute Edinburgh: Cloning

The Roslin Institute first reported their breakthrough cloning results in Nature (February 27, 1997; volume 385, part 6619, pages 810-813--discussed in the March 7, 1997 Scout Report), presenting possibilities for pharmaceutical purposes in addition to research opportunities. The cloned lamb, Dolly, was created using nuclear transfer technology. This site covers one of the top ten scientific...
View Resource The First Human Cloned Embryo

This is an article appearing in Scientific American details what Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) claims is the first human cloned embryo. This online version describes the research that ACT calls the "dawn of a new age in medicine" and includes links to further information, covering ethical and legal considerations surrounding cloning and the difference between reproductive and therapeutic cloning.
View Resource Animal Cloning

The past few years have seen many changes in the field of genetics, including the ability to genetically clone mammals, first achieved in 1997 with a sheep named Dolly. Still a relatively new phenomenon, news stories are continually detailing new advances in cloning, reasons why cloning is important, and concerns about the safety and ethics of cloning. This week's Topic In Depth highlights some...
View Resource Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning

A pre-publication version of a human cloning report to be published by the National Academy Press (NAP), Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning concludes that human reproductive cloning, as it could be currently practiced, should be banned. The report's panel is jointly composed of the National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP) and the...
View Resource The President's Council on Bioethics

Late last year, the President's Council on Bioethics was "created to advise the President on bioethical issues related to advances in biomedical science and technology." The council's Web site allows the public to access information regarding the activities of this council. The site provides transcripts of council sessions organized by date and by topic; a full report regarding human cloning dated...
View Resource Dolly the Sheep

Dolly, the world's first animal to be cloned from an adult cell, was put down February 14, 2003, due to a tumor in the lung. Her death has drawn increased attention to how little we really know about the potential health problems associated with genetic cloning. The journal Nature offers a special Web focus on "the life of this extraordinary sheep," including current and archived news articles and...
View Resource Two Updates on Stem Cell Research

In a recent press briefing, stem cell research pioneers James Thomson and John Gearhart announced that, despite political obstacles and limited funding, stem cell research is progressing and clinical trials on human beings should begin within the next five years. The Why Files chronicles the first five years of embryonic stem cell research, covering the science, the politics, and the ethical...
View Resource Poway Unified School District -- Hello Dolly: A WebQuest

Human cloning is quite possibly the most contentious and uncertain of all of the medical science discoveries and research efforts of the past century and its future is quite uncertain. This exercise, developed by Keith Nuthall of the Poway Unified School District in California, challenges students to consider the ethics, politics, and science of cloning en route to devising a detailed answer to...
View Resource United Nations urges governments around the world ban all human cloning

The potential for human cloning seems to hold various intriguing possibilities to some parties, while many others remain wholly appalled by the very idea of this process. Despite this substantial difference of opinion, the United Nations General Assembly passed a nonbinding statement on cloning this past Tuesday that urges governments to ban all human cloning, including the cloning of human...
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