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Medical News and Perspectives
March 10, 2004

Human Embryos Cloned for Stem Cells

JAMA. 2004;291(10):1185-1186. doi:10.1001/jama.291.10.1185

Don't order the birth announcements yet. Top experts are saying that despite impressions to the contrary, the human embryos created by a Korean team are not a great—or terrifying—leap toward a cloned baby.

Make no mistake: the Korean scientists have no intention of attempting such an act. During a mid-February press conference announcing their achievement, they implored every country to follow Korea's example and outlaw human reproductive cloning. Instead, they seek to explore the medical potential of stem cells—which they managed to glean from one cloned embryo.

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