Australian Senate votes to allow therapeutic cloningBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39030.603310.DB (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1040
- Stephen Pincock
Politicians in Australia's upper house of parliament have voted to lift the country's ban on somatic cell nuclear transfer (cloning), deciding that any moral doubts over the technology were outweighed by the potential for medical advances.
In a rare vote of conscience last week, 34 of 76 senators voted in favour of a private member's bill sponsored by the former health minister Senator Kay Patterson, and 31 voted against. Eight senators were absent and three abstained.
If the House of Representatives follows the senators' lead later this month, as most observers expect, scientists will be allowed to use therapeutic cloning to generate stem …