Scientists “grow” monkey stem cell lines from cloned embryosBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7326.1386a (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1386
- Scott Gottlieb
- New York
Researchers working at a biotechnology company in Massachusetts have succeeded in using cloned embryos in primates to develop stem cell lines capable of developing into bone and nerve cells.
The company, Advanced Cell Technology, which specialises in stem cell research, was widely criticised by scientists two weeks ago when they announced that they had created the first human embryos by cloning using a process (known as parthenogenesis) that stimulates egg division without the egg being fertilised by sperm (1 December, p 1267).
Rival scientists claimed that the cloning process the company was using was not …