Biomedical Groups Derail Fast-Track Anticloning Bill

Science  20 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5354, pp. 1123-1124
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5354.1123

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Last week, biomedical groups showed surprising political muscle when they derailed legislation, which was moving on a fast track through the U.S. Senate, to make it a crime to clone humans with the technology used last year to make Dolly, the world's most famous sheep. Opponents of the bill, including scientific societies, industry organizations, patient advocacy groups, and 27 Nobelists, argued that the bill would block basic biomedical research as well as human cloning, winning over enough senators to put off a vote. But at press time the Senate Republican leadership had not made a decision about whether to send the bill to committee for additional review; therefore, it could be brought back at any time.