Washington—At an April meeting of the President's Council on Bioethics, the 17-member panel of ethicists, lawyers, physicians, and other scientists fenced over the nuances and implications of embryo cloning, or somatic nuclear cell transfer, for research. As Congress deliberates legislation, the council spent an afternoon trying to balance morality against practicality, philosophy against embryology.
The council's report on the subject, due this summer, will tackle these broad issues but offer the president no advice, announced chair Leon Kass, MD, PhD. Kass, a bioethicist from the University of Chicago, opened the session by announcing that he did not expect the council to "reach agreement."
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