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February 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
Ian Wilmut, who led the team that cloned Dolly the sheep in 1996, has been granted a license to clone human embryos and extract stem cells from them to study how nerve cells go awry in illnesses such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The experiments do not involve creating cloned babies, but the granting of the license Tuesday nonetheless stirred controversy.
A federal advisory panel endorsed the controversial new scientific field of human embryo research Tuesday, saying it holds significant promise for medical advances, but proposed a strict framework for its conduct. The research has generated growing ethical concerns because it deals with creating and manipulating human life.
June 12, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists in China have discovered a 121-million-year-old fossil containing an embryo of a flying reptile that lived alongside the dinosaurs. It is the only known fossil of an embryo of a pterosaur, a winged lizard that evolved powered flight, the team reported in this week's issue of the journal Nature. "Dinosaur embryos have been discovered all over the world, but so far no pterosaur embryos have been reported," the scientists said.
September 14, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Tennessee Court of Appeals on Thursday granted joint custody of seven frozen embryos to a divorced couple, overturning a landmark ruling that had granted custody to the ex-wife. Charles Clifford, attorney for the ex-husband, fell to his knees at the courthouse on seeing the opinion and said: "All right, thank you. Justice is done."
December 22, 1996
Julie L. Garber, 28, who preserved her embryos to produce future children after she learned she was dying of leukemia. Brought up in the Peralta Hills area of Orange County, Garber was educated at San Diego State University and went into real estate with her mother, Jean, in Garber Prop. Inc. She became the subject of various feature articles because of her valiant struggle with the rare blood cancer known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After she was blinded by radiation and chemotherapy treatments and was no longer able to walk, Garber studied at the Braille Institute and had regular workouts at a gym. Also active in Toastmasters, Garber gave inspirational speeches about overcoming handicaps.
August 21, 1996
A bill requiring the written approval of donors before embryos and other human reproductive materials can be harvested and transferred to other patients sailed through the state Senate on Tuesday.
June 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
The British government rejected expert advice Thursday and banned the cloning of human embryos for any kind of medical research, saying more time is needed to consider the implications. The decision, announced in Parliament after months of deliberations, came as a surprise. The move means that embryos may no longer be cloned for infertility and congenital disease research.
Baltimore nurse Janice Pearse recalls her long quest to become pregnant using in-vitro fertilization through a lens of pain, embarrassment, disappointment--and awe. The first time her eggs were mixed with her husband's sperm in a petri dish and the doctor told her that embryos had been formed was an exhilarating moment because "it's the closest to having a baby you've ever been."
October 30, 2002 | Aaron Zitner, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration has directed an advisory panel to study what protections are offered to embryos and fetuses in medical experiments, renewing criticism that federal officials may be using "backdoor" methods to provide a legal groundwork for curtailing abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research.
May 30, 1989 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
Over the years, the young woman said softly, she had given her sister many presents--clothing, jewelry. But never before "a gift of life." Her older sister is infertile. But now, after an in vitro fertilization procedure that used the younger sister's ovarian eggs, the older woman is in her third month of pregnancy. And both sisters are ecstatic. Not only is this pregnancy a personal triumph for the Mission Viejo women, but according to several fertility experts around the country, it may have made medical history.
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