Skip to comments.Licence to clone human embryos in Australian closer
Posted on 06/07/2008 12:55:22 PM PDT by Dawnsblood
AUSTRALIA'S first licences to clone human embryos could be granted as early as this week.
A National Health and Medical Research Council panel met in Canberra on Friday to consider applications from two separate research groups.
The green light for the controversial science could lead to a cure for such afflictions as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases and type 1 diabetes in less than 10 years.
A Monash University team and another based at the Melbourne lab of the Australian Stem Cell Centre have each partnered with Sydney IVF to submit licence requests.
The teams want permission to create cloned human embryos using spare eggs left over from fertility treatment.
The applications are the first submitted since federal government legislation allowing therapeutic cloning came into a force a year ago.
The laws forbid licence holders merging a sperm and an egg to create an embryo.
The licences, if granted, will allow only somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), where cloned embryos are created by fusing spare, unfertilised IVF eggs with genetic material - a skin cell, for example - from another person.
The cloned embryos would be destroyed once stem cells were collected, and before the embryos reached seven days old.
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And how many human lives will it cost? I guess that doesn't matter in the Brave New World.
I hope they pick good ones.