News & CommentBiomedical Ethics

Clinton Urges Outlawing Human Cloning

Science  13 Jun 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5319, pp. 1640
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5319.1640

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The president's National Bioethics Advisory Commission recommended this week that "Federal legislation should be enacted to prohibit anyone from attempting, whether in a research or clinical setting, to create a child through somatic cell nuclear transfer cloning." Such a ban apparently would not limit biomedical research now under way. President Clinton immediately adopted this recommendation, announcing that he is sending legislation to Congress that "prohibits anyone in either public or private sectors from using these techniques to create a child."