18 June 1998
Dolly could help boffins find AIDS cure

THE creators of Dolly, the cloned sheep, believe cells taken from week-old human embryos could help in finding a cure for AIDS.

They believe cells taken from embryos early in their development could provide an invaluable resource by replacing permanently damaged cells in AIDS patients, as well as those suffering from Parkinsons disease and diabetes.

Scientists from Roslin Institute, Midlothian, argue that the method is ethical because the artificially developed embryos would be less than seven days old.

But the Catholic Church in Scotland last night branded the method as “outrageous” saying that a human life should not be created and discarded in such a way.

  • The Scotsman 18/06/98, page 7