Scientists have successfully cloned the first human embryo from adult cells, and this breakthrough could pave the way to personalized organ transplants as well as other regenerative treatments based on stem cells that can be grown into any type of human tissue. Last year, the world’s first cloned human embryo was created when a team of scientists used cells from a fetus and an 8-month-old infant. This new experiment involved making a clone embryo from cells taken from adult men, ages 35 and 75, by extracting the nucleus out of a cell and placing it in a donor egg without a nucleus. Continue reading for a video and more information.
According to Inhabitat, “Currently, stem cells can only be extracted from embryos leftover from in vitro fertilization. The discovery could be used for future organ transplants but it’s still far from leading to human cloning. Instead, the new cell cloning technology could be the basis of growing personalized stem cells. Although exciting, the new breakthrough revisits the moral implications and ethical dilemmas related to cloning.”