US scientists clone first human embryo

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1267
  1. Alex Vass
  1. BMJ

    American scientists announced the cloning of the first human embryo earlier this week, emphasising that they had done it for therapeutic purposes only. It comes in the week that the British government pushed through emergency legislation to ban reproductive cloning after the recent high court judgment that no law existed to prevent cloning of human embryos (24 November, p 1203).

    Results reported on 25 November by Jose Cibelli and colleagues in the on-line journal e-biomed: the Journal of Regenerative Medicine ( describe how human embryos were created by somatic cell nuclear transfer (the method used for …

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