Samuel Wood, a researcher at Stemagen Corporation in La Jolla, California, has made cloned embryos from his own skin cells, reports The Guardian. Other, less traditional media outlets, like Wired and The Scientist, wonder what the big deal is. Introducing DNA from skin cells into donated eggs whose own DNA was removed, and then growing these into embryos, they write, is nothing new. The next step, using extracted stem cells from these embryos for medical use is what should make headlines. "Having access to specific stem cell lines would allow us to research major diseases such as Parkinson's and spinal muscular atrophy," says Dr. Stephen Minger, a stem cell researcher at King's College London.
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