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Human Embryo Cloning succeeds



----- Forwarded message from Ma Yong-woon <ma@ecoserve.kfem.or.kr> -----

Dear fellow campaigners of the world fighting for the better world.

A team of researchers at Kyeonghee University Hospital's Infertility Clinic
in Korea announced 
Monday(14. Dec.) that it succeeded in a human cloning test.
And, Korean Federation for Environmental Movement(KFEM) released a
statement criticizing the reckless experiment on the same day.  Today(15.
Dec) KFEM and other civic and environmental organizations of Korea held a
protesting campaign in front of Kyeonghee University Hospital.

I would like to let you know this news and would like to get some advice on
fighting against the stupid scientists.

Could you please visit homepages of Ministry of Science and Technology
(http://www.most.go.kr/), Ministry of Health and
Welfare(http://www.mohw.go.kr) 
and Kyeonghee University Hospital(http://www.khmc.or.kr/), and express your
concerns 
about human cloning?

In Korea, there is no regulation on cloning, now.  KFEM and some other NGOs
are going to ask the government to make a law on biosafety and bioethics.
It would be much helpful if you can give me some advice.

Thank You.


The following is an article from a Korean Newspaper, Chosun-Ilbo
(http://www.chosun.com/g__.html)   


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Human Cloning Test Succeeds 

The Chosun-Ilbo,          15. Dec. 1998

A team of researchers at Kyeonghee University Hospital's Infertility Clinic
announced 
Monday that it succeeded in a human cloning test in which they transplanted
an ovum 
with a replaced cell nucleus. Researchers Kim Seung-bo and Lee Bo-yeon
removed the 
nucleus of an ovum from a woman in her thirties, and replaced it with a
somatic 
cell(2n) and saw the ovum successfully reach cell division and segmentation. 


According to a report issued by Kim and Lee, "we were able to confirm
division up to 
the fourth cell stage, the stage of embryo development when a test tube
embryo is 
usually placed back in the uterus, where it then further develops into a
fetus." This is 
the second time a human cell has been cloned, following a team of Scottish
researchers 
who first cloned a live animal, 'Dolly' a sheep. 


Kim and Lee assert that they performed the experiment for research purposes
only, and 
had no intentions of actually cloning a human baby "because it is
inconsistent with 
ethical regulations to transfer a cloned embryo into a human uterus."
Nevertheless, the 
team's claims are expected to heat up the ethical debate surrounding
genetic engineering 
in Korea. 

(Kim Chang-ki, ckkim@chosun.com) 






  Civic Groups Protest 'Human' Cloning 

The Chosun-Ilbo,          16. Dec. 1998

Members of the 'Life Safety Ethics Association' held a demonstration
Tuesday in front of Kyonghee University calling for a halt to experiments
on human cloning. The association, composed of members of various civic
groups including Green Korea, were reacting to an announcement from a
research team Monday that they had successfully cloned a human fetus by
nuclear transplant and had let it grow to segmentation stage. 


Professor Lee Bo-yon, head of the research team said that the experiment
was not designed to clone human beings but an ongoing series to clone
specific organs for transplant. 


Representative Lee Sang-hee of the Grand National Party (GNP) called for
the speeding up of the passage of the life science bill that governs
research in this area. The draft has been stuck at the committee stage
since December 7. 


(Kim Chang-ki, ckkim@chosun.com) 

 
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Ma Yong-woon

Biosafety Campaigner

Environmental Policy Department
Korean Federation for Environmental Movement(KFEM)
251, Nooha-dong, Chongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

tel ; 82-2-735-7000
fax : 82-2-730-1240