Gillard Government to review cloning (letter)by Dr David van GendNews Weekly
, October 30, 2010
Even Professor Ian Wilmut, who created Dolly the cloned sheep and who held the license to clone human embryos in the UK, has walked away from cloning in favour of a new, superior and ethically uncontentious technique.
Yet Melbourne scientists have announced a new cloning experiment.
Cloning as a serious science died in 2007, with the advent of Shinya Yamanaka's technique for transforming adult cells into the same specialised stem cells that cloning hoped to obtain, but never has.
Yamanaka's method never creates or destroys embryos, and has been proven in hundreds of individual patients, while cloning has never achieved even a single stem cell.
Passing strange, then, that scientists in Melbourne should now announce a new cloning trial - strange until you realise that it is only a month until the Federal Government is due to review our cloning laws.
Could this belated move have more to do with fabricating a sense of significance around cloning in time to mislead our MPs yet again and guarantee the flow of further public funds into an unnecessary and unethical science?Dr David van Gend,
Australians for Ethical Stem-Cell Research,