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Would Cloning Ban Affect Stem Cells?

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Science  10 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5532, pp. 1025
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5532.1025a

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Prospects for research on "therapeutic" cloning dimmed substantially last week as the House of Representatives resoundingly passed a measure that would outlaw all human cloning, whether or not it was designed to produce a baby. Now it looks like the Senate may follow suit, thus robbing scientists of a chance to pursue a technology that some believe is vital to realize the promise of embryonic stem cell research but that others regard as too hypothetical to worry about right now.