Cancer Said Side Effect of Gene Therapy (May
"A revolutionary gene therapy treatment that cured 10 French
boys of a deadly inherited disorder known as 'bubble boy disease'
gave two of them leukemia, scientists said Sunday."
In Laboratory, Ordinary Cells Are Turned Into
Eggs (May 2)
"Scientists in Pennsylvania yesterday said they had turned
ordinary mouse embryo cells into egg cells in laboratory dishes
-- an advance that opens the door to creating 'designer' eggs
from scratch and, if repeated with human cells, could blur the
biological line between fathers and mothers."
'Virgin births' could resolve debate (April
"Researchers have for the first time succeeded in growing
embryos from unfertilized human eggs. Such embryos, produced
by a natural cloning process called parthenogenesis, could never
become human beings."
Little behind Clonaid, files reveal (April
"The fringe scientific group Clonaid, which earned international
notoriety last year by claiming to have cloned a human baby,
has no address, no board of directors, and only two employees,
according to sealed court documents obtained by the Globe. Yet
the group is pushing forward with plans to charge dozens of
prospective cloning patients up to $200,000 apiece for its services."
Will Genetic Engineering Kill Us? (April 16)
"Bioethicists and scientists contemplating the future fear
that genetic engineering and other technologies are going to
divide human beings into classes that may one day try to destroy
Final human genome sequence released (April
"This time it is the real thing, scientists promise - the
complete sequence of human DNA, as perfectly rendered as it
ever will be. Much publicity was given to the announcements
of the draft human genome, and then its formal publication,
but the final version will be officially launched on Monday
in Washington DC."