Policy ForumGenetics

Please Don't Call It Cloning!

Science  15 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5558, pp. 1237
DOI: 10.1126/science.1070247

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The goals of cloning--to create a genetically identical copy of a biological entity--is substantially different from that of making stem cells for regenerative medicine, although both may use the somatic cell nuclear transfer technique. The use of the term "therapeutic cloning" for producing stem cells is misleading and blurs the distinction between the objectives of these two very different lines of investigation. Vogelstein et al. recommend adopting the term "nuclear transplantation" in relation to stem cell research would be more precise and would emphasize the difference in purpose between production of stem cells and "cloning" to produce a copy of a human being.