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After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning .

AFTER DOLLY: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning IAN WILMUT AND ROGER HIGHFIELD

In 1996, a sheep named Dolly forever changed the way people think about life and reproduction and made Ian Wilmut an international superstar. The cloning of a viable lamb from an adult sheep's cell had implications beyond mere scientific achievement. Dolly's existence opened the door for speculation about the possibility of human cloning, would this new technology result in unscrupulous attempts at cloning for human reproduction, perhaps in an attempt to create designer babies? In this revealing book, the most famous of the scientists responsible for Dolly's birth, with the help of science editor Highfield, outlines his personal views on cloning and its possible role in the future of human medicine. The authors describe the history of cloning and the difficulty that Wilmut and his colleagues had in refining the cellular manipulations that would result in Dolly. The book also describes techniques for placing human genes in animals that would then offer a new way for researchers to study and treat many common diseases. Wilmut emphasizes his firm stance against cloning for the purposes of reproduction but stresses that such a stance shouldn't halt progress on stem cell research and therapeutic cloning. Norton, 2006, 335 p., b&w photos, hardcover, $24.95,
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Date:Jul 15, 2006
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