Unlike this cat, my future clone won’t
grow beyond a few hundred cells.
Last blog I talked about lucky IVF kids who will get to have their own personalized embryonic stem (ES) cells one day. So in the future they'll have cells to help treat their diabetes. Or Alzheimer's. Or Parkinson's. Or...
And all of this will be done without fear of rejection because the cells will have the patient's DNA. Well, what about the rest of us? I want some too.
I needn't worry. Scientists are working hard on getting me my own ES cells. How do you get embryonic cells from an old timer like me?
One way is by cloning. No, not like the old Michael Keaton movie. Scientists instead will only grow my clone for a few days in a dish before taking its (his?) ES cells. They won't let the embryo grow into a baby.