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Medical News & Perspectives
August 18, 2004

Researchers Make the Case for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

JAMA. 2004;292(7):791-792. doi:10.1001/jama.292.7.791

Boston—Earlier this year, a South Korean research team led by Woo Suk Hwang, DVM, PhD, professor at Seoul National University College of Veterinary Medicine, announced the first successful cloning of an early-stage human embryo, called a blastocyst. The study demonstrated that nuclear transfer, a technique that had previously been carried out only in animals, could also work in humans. This technological advance is the first step toward creating human embryonic stem cells for use in treating a variety of diseases.