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An international team has restored mice with a condition similar to Parkinson's disease back to health, using neurons grown in the lab that were made from their own cloned skin cells.This is the first time that a disease has been successfully treated using cloned cells that had been derived from the recipient animals
While Studer's study shows the value of achieving genetic matching by cloning, it is unclear whether the technique will prove viable in people. For one thing, nobody has yet managed to create a single human ES cell line by cloning. Even if this can be done, human eggs are in very short supply, which would limit the number of patients who could be treated.