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Capitol Health Call
October 9, 2002

Cloning Bills Dead

JAMA. 2002;288(14):1709. doi:10.1001/jama.288.14.1709

Earlier this year, legislators widely and loudly discussed the pressing need to outlaw human cloning. This fall they're saying nothing. After several bills succumbed to political wrangling over the definition of "human cloning"—some legislation allowed embryo cloning for research, as long as the embryo was not implanted into a womb, while others did not—the issue evaporated as lawmakers focused attention elsewhere. However, some health care lobbyists say that cloning restrictions may reemerge during debate on medical research spending. Such restrictions could deny funding to researchers working with cloned human embryos.

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