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As reported on October 5, 2011, in Nature, for the first time scientists used therapeutic cloning, known technically as somatic cell nuclear transfer (or SCNT), to create embryonic stem cells. The advance moved scientists one step closer to their goal of developing therapies to treat maladies including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, researchers said.

“This paper will be seen as significant both by those who are trying to use SCNT to produce human patient-specific embryonic stem cell lines and by those who oppose human ‘cloning’ experiments,” said Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, a division head at Britain’s National Institute for Medical Research.

The development in New York marked a landmark in stem cell study, but also represented a new flashpoint for opponents of SCNT, and other forms of embryonic stem cell research. Click on the link below to urge the United Nations to establish a timetable for a declaration on human cloning for therapeutic reasons. The text of the 2005 United Nations Declaration on Human Cloning deliberately blurs the line separating reproductive and therapeutic cloning, and lends itself to the interpretation that the world body has called for a ban of therapeutic cloning, a point not conceded by states voting against and abstaining from the declaration.

Hear about NYSCF’s 2014 SCNT breakthrough in the video above. And click here to sign our SCNT petition at GoPetition!

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This petition has been signed by more than 600 scientists and scholars from around the world, including 29 Nobel Prize winners, 13 US National Medal of Science winners, seven UK Royal Medal winners, five Lasker Award winners and three winners of the Israeli Wolf Prize.

Nobel Prize winners who have signed the petition

Sidney Altman, Chemistry, 1989

Kenneth J. Arrow,* Economics, 1972

Paul Berg,* Chemistry, 1980

Günter Blobel, Physiology or Medicine, 1999

Sir Sydney Brenner, Physiology or Medicine, 2002

Elias J. Corey,* Chemistry, 1990

Christian de Duve, Physiology or Medicine, 1974

John B. Fenn, Chemistry, 2002

Edmond H. Fischer, Physiology or Medicine, 1992

Jerome Friedman, Physics, 1990

Ivar Giaever, Physics, 1973

Walter Gilbert, Chemistry, 1980

Sir Clive Granger, Economics, 2003

Paul Greengard, Physiology or Medicine, 2000

Sir John Gurdon, Physiology or Medicine, 2012

Sir Tim Hunt, Physiology or Medicine, 2001

Sir Aaron Klug, Chemistry, 1982

Edwin Krebs, Physiology or Medicine, 1992

Jean-Marie Lehn, Chemistry, 1987

Rudolph A. Marcus,* Chemistry, 1992

Ferid Murad, Physiology or Medicine, 1998

Marshall Nirenberg,* Physiology or Medicine, 1968

Sir Paul Nurse, Physiology or Medicine, 2001

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Physiology or Medicine, 1995

Douglas D. Osheroff, Physics, 1996

David Politzer, Physics, 2004

Sir John Walker, Chemistry, 1997

Eric Wieschaus, Physiology or Medicine, 1995

Torsten Wiesel,* Physiology or Medicine, 1981

A selection of distinguished scientists and scholars who have also signed the petition

It is recognized that the views expressed in the petition represent those of the signers acting as individual citizens. They do not necessarily represent the views of the institutions with which they are affiliated.

Qais Al-Awqati, Columbia University, USA

Kari Alitalo, University of Helsinki, Finland

C. David Allis, Rockefeller University, USA

Herwig Baier, Max Planck Institute, Germany

Etienne E. Baulieu, University of Paris-Sud 11, France

Aaron T. Beck, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Jean-Paul Behr, University of Strasbourg, France

Sir John Bell, University of Oxford, UK

Colin Blakemore, University of Oxford, UK

Robert Braun, The Jackson Laboratory, USA

Sir Martin Bobrow, University of Cambridge, UK

Sir Walter Bodmer, University of Oxford, UK

Sir Christopher Booth, University College London, UK

Arthur Caplan, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Manuel Castells, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Jean-Pierre Changeux, Collège de France, France

Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

George Church, Harvard University, USA

William Danforth, Washington University, USA

James E. Darnell,* Rockefeller University, USA

HongKui Deng, Peking University, China

Jack E Dixon, University of California, San Diego, USA

Anna Dominiczak, University of Glasgow, UK

Ronald Evans, Salk Institute, USA

Gerald D. Fischbach, Columbia University, USA

Elaine Fuchs,* Rockefeller University, USA

Fred H. Gage, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA

Sir Richard Gardner, University of Oxford, UK

Emil Gotschlich, Rockefeller University, USA

Sir John Harris, University of Manchester, UK

Leonard Hayflick, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Sir David Hopwood, Norwich Research Park, UK

Sir Gabriel Horn, University of Cambridge, UK

Tony Hunter, Salk Institute, USA

Rudolf Jaenisch,* Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Hans Keirstead, University of California, Irvine, USA

Douglas Kell, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK

Irina Kerkis, Butantan Institute, Brazil

Sir David J. Kerr, University of Oxford, UK

John A. Kessler, Northwestern University, USA

Sir David King, University of Oxford, UK

Sir Hans Kornberg, Boston University, USA

Lawrence M. Krauss, Case Western Reserve University, USA

Sir Peter Lachmann, University of Cambridge, UK

Robert Lanza, Advanced Cell Technology, USA

Ruth Lehmann, New York University, USA

Ihor Lemischka, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA

Olle Lindvall, Lund University, Sweden

Stuart Lipton, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, USA

Nikos Logothetis, Max Planck Institute, Germany

Robin Lovell-Badge, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, UK

Jennifer Marshall Graves, The Australian National University, Australia

Chris Mason, University College London, UK

Bruce McEwen, Rockefeller University, USA

Sir Andrew McMichael, University of Oxford, UK

Mark Mercola, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, USA

Stephen Minger, GE Healthcare, UK

Andras Nagy, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Canada

Mark Noble, University of Rochester, USA

Jan Nolta, University of California, Davis, USA

Leena Peltonen-Palotie, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

Stephen Pinker, Harvard University, USA

Dame Julia Polak, Imperial College London, UK

Barry Posner OC, McGill University, Canada

Peter H. Raven,* Washington University, USA

Brock Reeve, Harvard University, USA

Benjamin Reubinoff, Hadassah University, Israel

Alexander Rich,* Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Hans Schöler, Max Planck Institute, Germany

Wolfgang Schomburg, Former Judge od ICTY and ICTR, Germany

Andrew Sessler, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Lee Silver, Princeton University, USA

Kai Simons, Max Planck Institute, Germany

Peter Singer, Princeton University, USA

Douglas Sipp, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan

Jonathan Slack, University of Minnesota, USA

Lorenz Studer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, USA

Samuel Stupp, Northwestern University, USA

Azim Surani CBE, University of Cambridge, UK

Sir Richard Sykes, Imperial College London, UK

Evan Synder, Burham Institute for Medical Research, USA

John Urquhart, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Baron Marc Van Montagu, Ghent University, Belgium

Craig J. Venter,* J. Craig Venter Institute, USA

Umberto Veronesi, European Institute of Oncology, Italy

David Ward, Nevada Cancer Institute, USA

Gerald J. Wasserburg, California Institute of Technology, USA

Irving Weissman, Stanford University, USA

Sir Ian Wilmut, University of Edinburgh, UK

Lord Robert Winston, Imperial College London, UK

Rick Woychik, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA

Huanming Yang, Beijing Genomics Institute, China

Charles Yanofsky,* Stanford University, USA

Axel R. Zander, University of Hamburg, Germany

Philip Zimbardo, Stanford University, USA

* denotes U.S. National Medal of Science winner