UK gives OK to human embryo cloning for research

According to an article from the International Herald Tribune, researchers at the Newcastle Center for Life have been granted a limited (1-year) license to clone human embryos for stem cell production.

The plan is to clone stem cells from embryos created by inserting skin cell nuclei into human egg cells which have had their nuclei removed.

Unlike the US, the UK had voted three years ago to allow so-called therapeutic cloning under special license. In the US, such attempts have gotten the cold shoulder from anti-abortion groups.