[isml] Lawmakers Urged on Human Cloning (fwd)

From: Eugene Leitl (Eugene.Leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de)
Date: Thu Aug 16 2001 - 10:03:54 MDT

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Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 11:06:44 -0700
From: ds2000 <ds2000@mediaone.net>
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Subject: [isml] Lawmakers Urged on Human Cloning

>From The AP,
Wednesday August 15 6:41 PM ET

Lawmakers Urged on Human Cloning

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A scientist told a national conference of state
lawmakers that banning human cloning would only push it into
clandestine labs and out of regulators' control.

Panayiotis Zavos, director of the Andrology Institute in Lexington,
Ky., pleaded with about 6,000 state lawmakers and staff members at the
National Conference of State Legislatures to allow the work to go

Zavos has joined Dr. Severino Antinori of the University of Rome in a
bid to clone human embryos at a secret location outside the United
States by 2003.

Zavos said Tuesday that he planned only to help couples with infertile
men who want biological children and have exhausted every other means.

Human cloning for reproductive purposes involves replacing the nucleus
of an egg with a developed nucleus from any cell on the body of a
donor, creating a nearly identical copy of the donor.

Five states - California, Michigan, Rhode Island, Louisiana and
Virginia - have passed laws prohibiting human cloning. Missouri
prohibits the use of state funds for research on human cloning.

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would
prohibit human cloning. The Senate is set to take up the matter within
a month.

Dan S

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