Ian Wilmut, best known as the scientist who led the research team that cloned Dolly the sheep in the 1990s, used to be a fan of cloning and human embryonic stem-cell research (hESCR) — but these days, he’s singing a different tune.
In a Nov. 29 speech in California, Wilmut urged fellow scientists to invest their time on nonembryonic forms of stem-cell research — especially direct reprogramming, also known as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) research. Under this method — which is far less expensive than human cloning — a person’s own skin cells are reprogrammed to become an embryonic-like cell. No embryos are created or destroyed in the process.
…”It would be your genetic makeup, so there’d be no tissue rejection, no creation of an embryo. If it works out, 10 years down the line your own body might be a pharmacy in the sense that you could use one part that’s healthy to rebuild another part that isn’t.”
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters,the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).