Clone hearings continue

US Senate revisits issue of human cloning as Brownback introduces bill to ban it.

Eugene Russo(erusso@the-scientist.com)
Jan 29, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC — One day after President Bush reiterated his call for a ban on all human cloning in his "State of the Union" address, Senators and Congressman continued their debate on the topic at a hearing of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space.

Committee chair Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan) introduced legislation that would ban all human cloning. Brownback's bill mirrors one reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Dave Weldon (R-Fla) on January 8; Weldon's original version passed in the House in July of 2001 by a wide margin. The bills stipulate jail time and $1 million in fines for anyone attempting to clone a human being.

Wednesday's hearing, the latest of several, focused on the ongoing crux of the debate: the very definition of "cloning." Witnesses attempted to clarify the distinction, if any, between reproductive cloning and the use of somatic cell nuclear...

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