Nick Budnick, The Oregonian | Oregon stem-cell groundbreaker stirs international frenzy with cloning advance

OHSU biologist Shoukhrat Mitalipov Ross William Hamilton, The Oregonian
Shoukhrat Mitalipov, an Oregon Health & Science University biologist, has created human embryonic stem cells using cloning techniques, succeeding where others failed. The secret: carefully monitoring heat, chemicals and light levels, plus a dose of caffeine. To his right are two incubators where the cells grow in a low-oxygen environment. "That'™s the way we keep them happy," he says. Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian

Dripping grease fuels the flames that jump above a wide metal grill as Shoukhrat Mitalipov nudges hotdogs and flips burgers. The office cookout, behind the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton, is unseasonably cold and cloudy.

You wouldn't know it to look at him, but the Portland biologist, has stirred up an international hornet's nest around gene research, cloning and stem cells. The day before, he was on the phone with reporters around the world, defending his techniques to harvest human embryonic stem cells for use in future treatment of Parkinson's disease and other conditions.

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