Oregon Scientists Recover Stem Cells from Cloned Human Embryos
NEW YORK -Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University have recovered stem cells from cloned human embryos, which could lead to new treatments for such illnesses as Parkinson's disease and diabetes.
Experts call the work significant, but note a different, simpler technique now under development may prove more useful.
Scientists are interested in using stem cells to create transplant tissue for treating disease. Because the body can reject transplants, researchers are trying to create tissue that uses the patient's own DNA through cloning. However, in about a decade of trying, scientists had not been able to produce those stem cells from cloned human embryos.