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France bans reproductive and therapeutic cloning

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:130
  1. Brad Spurgeon
  1. Paris

    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 …

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