Saturday, November 17, 2007

And the spell is broken!

One down, how many more to go? Dolly creator Prof Ian Wilmut shuns cloning.

The scientist who created Dolly the sheep, a breakthrough that provoked headlines around the world a decade ago, is to abandon the cloning technique he pioneered to create her.

Prof Ian Wilmut's decision to turn his back on "therapeutic cloning", just days after US researchers announced a breakthrough in the cloning of primates, will send shockwaves through the scientific establishment.

Well, no it won't. Doctors have been using adult stem cells in successful treatments for years. There's no reason to think that this particular guy catching on will drop the scales from anybody else's eyes.

Still, it's nice to see one embryo-obsessed scientist come to his senses.

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