Cloning mice and men: prohibiting the use of iPS cells for human reproductive cloning

Cell Stem Cell. 2010 Jan 8;6(1):16-20. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2009.12.004.


The use of iPSCs and tetraploid complementation for human reproductive cloning would raise profound ethical objections. Professional standards and laws that ban human reproductive cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer should be revised to also forbid it by other methods, such as iPSCs via tetraploid complementation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bioethics*
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Cloning, Organism / ethics*
  • Cloning, Organism / methods
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Pluripotent Stem Cells / cytology*