Friday, May 17, 2013

Weissman Says Oregon-style Stem Cell Research Could be Done in California

Stanford researcher Irv Weissman says it is “not true” that Oregon's stem cell research could not be done legally in California.

Weissman said, 
"Not true. They did it with nearly 40 percent efficiency, which does not require paying for eggs, just use leftovers from IVF clinics."
There is no question that it is illegal to pay donors for their eggs in California. The question is whether the research could be done without using paid donors. In recent years, researchers at Harvard and elsewhere have said they needed paid donors to properly perform their research and could not find them without providing compensation.

We have queried Shoukhrat Mitalipov in Oregon concerning his views on Weissman's comments. We welcome other comments as well. Comments can be filed directly by clicking on the word "comment" at the end of this item or you can email them to 

We should also note the comment from researcher Paul Knoepfler of UC Davis who notes that SCNT cloning is permissible in California, which is what was done in Oregon. The state does ban reproductive cloning, however.

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