Friday, August 3, 2007

Shamed scientist's 'breakthrough'

A scientist who faked his research may have actually made a groundbreaking advance - without even realising it.

Professor Surani said Hwang's unwitting step forward might actually prove more useful than efforts to clone human embryos, which he had claimed fraudulently.

"I've always promoted the idea that efforts should be made to produce embryos from human eggs - it is far less ethically challenging, and the efficiency of these cell lines is likely to be higher than those produced from cloned embryos," he said.

Idea for a story

We figure out how to develop life saving treatments from stem cells so that human life is greatly extended.

The catch is that we can only develop the stem cells from eggs -- so only females have an extended life span.

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