CANBERRA, Mar 13, 2001 ( – Australian bioethicist Nick Tonti-Filippini, who advised an Australian Senate inquiry into cloning admitted this week that Australia has already undertaken human cloning experiments. The Australian Daily Telegraph reported yesterday that in 1999, researchers implanted a cell containing human DNA in a pig. The cloned embryo lived for 32 days before it was destroyed.

The experiments, were carried out by Melbourne company Stemcell Sciences which has applied for a European patent to continue its experiments. Although Australian law forbids artificially creating genetically identical humans, the company has evaded the authorities by creating animal-human hybrids. Some of the DNA of the pig egg is incorporated into the living creature created by the process.

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