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Human Cloning

  1. Anne McLaren

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005597

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

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  1. Wellcome/CRC Institute, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

Abstract

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).

Keywords:

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