Cloning ban delayed

Senator Brownback falters in his latest attempt to regulate human cloning; vote now unlikely before end of year.

Eugene Russo(erusso@the-scientist.com)
Jun 18, 2002

WASHINGTON — US Republican Senator Sam Brownback, of Kansas, has again failed to secure any sort of government regulation that would limit human cloning, making it unlikely that there will be any action on such legislation before next year. The senator had hoped to attach a cloning-related amendment to a terrorism insurance bill that passed 84-14 on 18 June. But the Senate voted 65-31 on that day to limit debate on the insurance bill, thus preventing the addition of Brownback's amendment or any other unrelated amendments.

Brownback's amendment does not call for a ban on human cloning, but calls for a ban on the patenting of human clones and cloning technology, according to a spokesperson in his office. The unrelated terror insurance bill outlines a plan for coordinated financial assistance from the government and insurance companies in the event of a terrorist attack against U.S. citizens.

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