Cloning report nears its deadline; Putting a chill on press releases

WASHINGTON - The National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC) has set the end of next week to complete its draft report and recommendations to President Clinton on government responses to breakthroughs in cloning technology, NBAC Chairman Harold Shapiro said Friday.

Shapiro, the president of Princeton University, pushed commission members at their meeting last week to work quickly to meet the president's 90-day deadline for issuing the report. He said the final version will be sent to Clinton on May 27.

Given clear and consistent testimony it has received condemning the cloning of humans from ethical, moral and social perspectives, as well as the vast gulf between current scientific capabilities and realistic application in humans, it is likely that NBAC will recommend policies to deter human cloning.

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