from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any cell of a plant or an animal other than a germ cell. Also called body cell.
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- n. Any normal cell of an organism that is not involved in reproduction; a cell that is not on the germline.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cell that takes part in the formation of the soma or body, as distinguished from a germ-cell. See somal .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells; a cell that does not participate in the production of gametes
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Figure A.1 The process of somatic cell nuclear transfer SCNT.
I refer to the same process of somatic cell nuclear transfer SCNT that resulted in Dolly the sheep.
As shown in Figure A.1, this process, technically known as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), began with a single cell derived from the udder of a mature sheep (the donor).
Given those conclusions, it would be entirely appropriate to demand that the product of human somatic cell nuclear transfer never be reimplanted into the womb of a host mother.