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UN delays cloning vote

Choice between total and partial bans on human embryo cloning put off for 2 years

Theresa Tamkins(theresa_tamkins@yahoo.com)

UNITED NATIONS, NY—A UN sharply divided on the issue of "therapeutic" cloning decided by a razor-thin margin yesterday to delay a vote for 2 years, rather than choose between two different cloning bans before the General Assembly.

Instead, on Thursday (November 6), the General Assembly voted 80 to 79 in favor of a procedural motion made by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to put off voting on a cloning ban for 2 years, "to study all aspects and ramifications of the issue and come up with a clear view on the subject matter." Not all 191 members of the General Assembly were in attendance, and 15 member states present abstained from voting.

The vote caps nearly 2 years of contentious wrangling over a proposed UN convention to address the issue of human cloning. Opposing camps had come to a stalemate over whether the treaty should ban all forms...

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