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United Nations fails to agree on human cloning

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:996
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    A United Nations committee debated an international convention on human cloning at a meeting last week but failed to reach an agreement. Commentators were predicting, as the BMJ went to press, that a vote might take place next week.

    The meeting debated two proposals on human cloning. The first proposal, from Costa Rica and supported by the United States and more than 60 other countries, recommended a complete ban on both reproductive and therapeutic cloning.

    A second proposal from Belgium, co-sponsored by the United Kingdom, suggested a ban on reproductive cloning but would allow UN member countries to make their own decisions on therapeutic cloning. It had the support of about 20 countries. Many countries were still undecided as the BMJ went to press.

    At the meeting France agreed …

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