October 30th 2010


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COVER STORY: Angry farmers burn draft Murray-Darling plan

CANBERRA OBSERVED: How Labor plans to destroy Tony Abbott

EDITORIAL: Human rights in China move to centre-stage

EUTHANASIA I: How the euthanasia push was defeated in Canada

EUTHANASIA II: Strategy to introduce euthanasia by stealth

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Global currency war and the new protectionism

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Why Australia needs to stay in East Timor

CHINA: Institute accused of being Beijing's mouthpiece

UNITED KINGDOM: Britain's Tories axe universal Child Benefit

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Why children need a mother and a father

OPINION: The fatal flaw in human rights commissions

Melbourne's March for the Babies (letter)

Gillard Government to review cloning (letter)

How pro-family political parties can win votes (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: The lost generation of America's unemployed / From boys to men / Defence cuts put strain on Western alliance / Middle Eastern Christians an endangered species

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Gillard Government to review cloning (letter)


by Dr David van Gend

News Weekly, October 30, 2010
Sir,

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,
National Director,
Australians for Ethical Stem-Cell Research,
Toowoomba, Qld




























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