Scientists May Have Cloned Monkeys

NEW YORK (AP) _ Scientists in Oregon may have cloned monkey
embryos and extracted stem cells from them.

Earlier this year, a researcher at the Oregon National Primate
Research Center reported the success during a scientific meeting in
Australia. A British paper, The Independent, picked up the story
and reported it today.

The actual research has yet to be published and there has been
no confirmation by other researchers.

Scientists have tried for years to clone monkeys, because they
are more closely related to humans. The idea is to one day find a
way to clone human embryos and use stem cells to treat a variety of
diseases and conditions, from diabetes to spinal cord injuries.

A claim by a South Korean researcher of cloning a human embryo
in 2004 was discredited.

A spokesman for the Oregon Health and Science University, which
runs the primate center, would not confirm that scientists had
cloned monkey embryos. He did say a study in that area of research
will be released soon by the scientific journal Nature.

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