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Human Cloning

  1. Anne McLaren

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005597



How to Cite

McLaren, A. 2006. Human Cloning. eLS. .

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  1. Wellcome/CRC Institute, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Cloning means producing genetically identical organisms, identical either to each other or to some preexisting organism. Human cloning could be used to produce early embryos genetically identical to a patient, in order to derive immunologically compatible stem cells for the treatment of the patient's disease (therapeutic cloning); or, if cloned embryos were transferred to a woman's uterus, they could produce babies genetically identical to each other or to some progenitor (reproductive cloning).


  • embryo splitting;
  • nuclear transfer;
  • stem cells;
  • reproductive cloning;
  • therapeutic cloning