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Apr 15, 2002
 |  BioCentury  |  Politics, Policy & Law

Counting Senate votes on cloning

The upcoming Senate vote on prohibiting all forms of human cloning, including the use of nuclear somatic cell transfer for therapeutic or research purposes, is too close to call. Advocates on both sides say that about 20 members of the evenly divided Senate haven't revealed their positions on a version of a bill passed by the House last August.

The House version seeks to impose criminal penalties for conducting any human somatic cell nuclear transfer activities, including for research or therapeutic purposes (see BioCentury, Aug. 6, 2001).

"Research cloning would contradict the most fundamental principle of medical ethics, that no human life should be exploited or extinguished for the benefit of another," President Bush said...

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