France bans reproductive and therapeutic cloningBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7458.130-d (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:130
- Brad Spurgeon
France has banned reproductive human cloning, labelling it a “crime against the human species.” It will be punishable by 30 years in prison and a fine of €7.5m (£5m; $9.3m), drawing to an end a two and a half year parliamentary debate to modernise France's 1994 bioethics laws.
France has also banned therapeutic cloning—the creation of stem cells to replace damaged organs and tissue—making it a misdemeanour punishable by seven years in prison and fine of €100 000.
But in a controversial about-face it suspended for five years a ban on stem cell research on human embryos (produced by in-vitro …