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Netherlands bans cloning of human embryos for research

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 07 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:854
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Dutch government is proposing to ban medical research involving the therapeutic cloning of human embryos for at least three years.

    The embryos bill, now before parliament, forbids the creation of embryos specifically for scientific research, as most public opinion in the Netherlands still considers this unacceptable.

    The ban contradicts advice from the government's scientific advisers, the health council, that creating embryos should be …

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