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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Send in the clones and the bioethicists

Safety, it turns out, is the major rub. The human cloning process reported this week would not produce embryos that would lead to a viable pregnancy, says Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health & Science University in Beaverton, who headed the Cell report team. A similar process in monkey cells didn't, he says, indicating that the fusing process disrupts the potential for pregnancy, even while it creates embryos that can produce stem cells.

But that doesn't mean someone won't try, which worries stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler of the University of California-Davis. "Also, with some tinkering, I'm betting someone somewhere is going to get it to work in the next few years, or at least try to do it and fail," he says. That could mean developmentally disabled or otherwise sick babies born, as a result. "I hope I'm wrong," he adds.

Why are some worried? Because most cloning attempts in mammals, more than 90%, end in miscarriages, and many of the ones born alive suffer from severe health defects. "About a third of the cloned calves born alive have died young, and many of them were abnormally large," notes the Energy Department's Human Genome Project officeUSA TODAY


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