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Cloning is done through a process called somatic cell nuclear transplantation (SCNT). This is the scientific term for cloning. All clones made through SCNT are made the same way; the only difference is what is done with the cloned embryos after they are created. Scientists may let the clone live—reproductive cloning; or kill the clone for her stem cells—therapeutic cloning.
Stem cell researchers want tax dollars to kill cloned embryos for stem cell research, but they say they aren’t really cloning because the cloned embryo won’t be allowed to grow and develop! Fortunately, in 2009 the Minnesota Legislature passed language, effective for two years, prohibiting taxpayer funding of human cloning at the University of Minnesota.
See for yourself that cloning is cloning, whether you kill the clone or let the clone live.
Reproductive cloning occurs when a copy of another human being is created through SCNT, allowed to grow up to 14 days in a petri dish, and then transplanted into a womb to grow until birth.
Therapeutic cloning occurs when cloned embryos created through SCNT are allowed to grow for a few days and then killed for their stem cells.
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