US rejects embryo cloning for research
- UK Press
Ananova: 1st August 2001
The US House of Representatives has rejected the cloning of human embryos
for scientific research.
The 249-178 vote killed an amendment to allow the limited creation of cloned
embryos exclusively for research.
It has now put the House in a position to pass an outright ban on all human
The votes capped a day of debate in which House members plunged into the
ethics of biotechnology.
Republican F James Sensenbrenner, chairman of the Judiciary Committee,
commented: "This is about providing moral leadership for a watching world.
"Allowing the creation of cloned embryos by law would enable anyone to
attempt to clone a human being."
The rejected measure was an amendment to a bill by Republican Dave Weldon
and Republican Bart Stupak to ban all human cloning. George W Bush's
administration supports the total ban.
But Republican Jim Greenwood and Peter Deutsch said their alternative to
permit the cloning of embryos for research could point the way to cures for
House members agreed on the general principle that they do not want the
human species cloned, the technique that allowed scientists to create Dolly
the sheep in 1997.
The disagreement was over whether scientists should be able to clone human
embryos and then use them in their search for cures to diseases.