Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Storm over Mexican cloning ban: "The Mexican parliament has approved a bill that would ban 'therapeutic' cloning—the creation of embryos to obtain stem cells to treat a variety of diseases"—the creation of human beings in order to create organs and then kill them.

"Under the legislation, which is intended to outlaw all forms of human cloning, and was approved by the house of deputies earlier this month, cells 'of embryos that are alive or obtained by nuclear transplant should not be the subject of human research.'"

"Members of the conservative National Action Party, who voted for the ban, say that embryonic stem cells are not necessary for research, and that adult stem cells—which do not require the creation of cloned embryos—can be used instead."

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