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The World in Medicine
December 17, 2003

CJD Prions a Surgery Risk?

JAMA. 2003;290(23):3057. doi:10.1001/jama.290.23.3057-a

The United Nations' General Assembly voted by a narrow margin (80-79) last month to postpone consideration of a ban on human cloning until 2005 (http://www0.un.org/News/Press/docs/2003/gal3246.doc.htm).

The postponement suspended a roiling debate over two cloning resolutions. One, backed by the United States and about 50 other countries, called for prohibiting all forms of human cloning. The other, supported by a group of about 14 countries, led by Belgium, pushed for a more limited ban that would rule out the development of cloned human embryos to produce a baby, but would permit the use of such embryos for medical experiments.