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Stem Cell Research and Cloning

Human stem cell research is so promising because it may enable scientists to understand the complex processes of human development and provide new understanding—and therapies and cures—for a host of human diseases.

AAU supports research on both types of human stem cells—embryonic and adult—under strict ethical guidelines. Research on both types of stem cells is needed because embryonic stem cells are able to differentiate into any type of cell, while adult stem cells are more restricted in their potential.

AAU also supports somatic cell nuclear transfer, often called therapeutic cloning, as a means of deriving stem cells that are genetically matched to specific patients, allowing scientists to model and understand how disease develops but also create replacement tissues and organs that genetically match the patient.

AAU does not support human reproductive cloning, which the National Academies of Science and the Association of American Medical Colleges also recommend be banned.

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