Dolly Scientists To Clone Embryos

Published: Apr 21, 2004

The scientists who cloned Dolly the sheep are applying for a licence to clone human embryos. Professor Ian Wilmut, of the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, wants to use cloned human embryos to study motor neurone disease (MND). His application to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is expected to provoke criticism that testing human embryos is immoral. Therapeutic cloning for research has been legal in the UK since 2001. It is designed purely for research. Professor Wilmut has stressed that his team has no intention of producing cloned babies, and said the embryos would be destroyed after experimentation.

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