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UK body calls on UN to allow therapeutic cloning

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:938
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The Royal Society, the United Kingdom's national academy of science, has called on the United Nations to pass a resolution that bans reproductive cloning but allows carefully regulated therapeutic cloning when a UN committee meets this week to debate the issue.

    The sixth committee of the United Nations, which agrees legal issues, met this week, after the BMJ went to press to consider two proposals on human cloning.

    The first proposal, from Costa Rica, also supported by the United States, will recommend a complete ban on both reproductive and therapeutic cloning. A second proposal, from Belgium, is suggesting a ban on reproductive cloning but …

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