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UN delays decision on human cloning

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1258
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The United Nations has delayed plans to agree a convention on the cloning of human embryos and announced last week that a working group will be set up to develop a declaration—a much weaker device that would not impose a comprehensive ban on reproductive cloning—to be voted on in three months' time.

    The recommendation comes after a meeting in October of the UN's sixth committee, which agrees legal issues, to consider two proposals on human cloning. The first proposal from Costa Rica, also supported by the United States, recommended a complete ban on both reproductive and therapeutic cloning. A second proposal from Belgium suggested a ban on reproductive cloning—which all 191 UN members oppose—but allowing member countries to …

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