Saturday, November 13, 2004

The Clone Wars

Talks at the United Nations appear to have failed to avert a new UN confrontation over a US-led drive to ban all cloning of human embryos, including those for stem cell research, diplomats said yesterday.

As a result, a General Assembly panel is headed for a close vote next week on a plan for an anti-cloning treaty put forward by the United States and Costa Rica.
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Though all UN members essentially agree on a treaty that would ban cloning human beings, there is strong support for the use of cloned human embryos to make stem cells for medical research.
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The Bush Administration is now again pressing for the assembly to adopt a resolution instructing UN treaty writers to draft a total cloning ban. Since last year, however, several blocs have announced their opposition to a new vote if the committee remains divided.


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