From Split, Croatia:
I would like to know whether cloning allows growing a new pancreas using the cells of the patient, so that this new organ could not be rejected after transplantation.
The only way to clone an organ would be to clone an individual and then kill him/her to retrieve the organ. In the future, it could be easier to "clone" cells instead of organs. For example from one progenitor of insulin producing cell it could be possible to "clone" many of them and than transplant a sufficient number of insulin producing cells to reverse diabetes. A lot of scientists are working in this direction, but it is a little premature to make any prediction on potentials for success.
Original posting 6 Feb 1999
Posted to Research: Cure
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