- May 19, 2004
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- Plano, TX
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- Libertarian - Right
Source: Yahoo News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cloning experiment may show that the body itself has the ability to reverse cancer, U.S.-based researchers said on Saturday.
They cloned mouse embryos from a melanoma skin cancer cell, and created healthy adult mice using some of the cloned cancer cells, showing that malignancy is not the inevitable fate of a cancer cell.
"This settles a principal biological question," said Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch of the Whitehead Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (news - web sites), one of the country's leading experts in cloning.
He said while the genetic elements of cancer cannot be reversed, the epigenetics -- how the genes are actually turned on and off -- can be.