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Errors noted in stem cell ‘breakthrough’ research – Nature News

John Kerr posted in on May 24th, 2013.

Nature News reports on new developments regarding the stem cell breakthrough published last week: several errors have been noted in the article and critics are unimpressed with incredibly short peer review process. An excerpt (read in full here): Stem-cell cloner acknowledges errors in groundbreaking paper Critics raise questions about rush to publication. A blockbuster paper […]

Experts on use of cloning to make human stem cells

Peter Griffin posted in on October 6th, 2011.

In a world first, scientists in the US have used a cloning technique to derive embryonic stem cells from human embryos. A paper released in Nature today describes the new research. Below, some Canadian and UK experts comment on this paper and what it means from a scientific and legal perspective. From the Cananda SMC: […]

Dom Post: Animal death toll ends cloning trials

Peter Griffin posted in on February 21st, 2011.

Kiran Chug writes in the Dominion Post about AgResearch ending its cloning trials, due to the death rates of laboratory animals. While AgResearch will no longer be cloning animals, it will still be developing its transgenic cattle, sheep and goats, intended to produce pharmaceutically-useful proteins which cannot be easily made any other way. An excerpt: […]

Milk from cloned cow’s offspring – Experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on August 4th, 2010.

NOTE: Further comments added The UK’s Food Standards Agency is investigating claims that milk from the offspring of a cloned cow is on sale in British supermarkets, according to a statement released overnight. European Union rules on novel foods ensure no products from clones’ offspring can be sold legally without a scientific assessment of safety. […]

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