Therapeutic cloning
A procedure in which cells, typically skin cells, are taken from a patient and inserted into a fertilized egg whose nucleus has been removed. The cell that is so created is permitted to divide repeatedly to form a blastocyst. Scientists then extract stem cells from it, and use those cells to grow tissue that are a perfect genetic match for the patient. The cells created by therapeutic cloning can potentially be transplanted into the patient to treat a disease from which the patient suffers. Therapeutic cloning has been the subject of some bioethical controversy.

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