TO BAN OR NOT TO BAN?

THE REPORT OF A PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION SETS THE STAGE FOR A NATIONAL DEBATE ON HUMAN CLONING

Call it the Dolly dilemma. The surprise announcement in February that a sheep had been cloned from the mammary cell of an adult ewe immediately raised the question of whether the same technique could be used to clone people. While the possibility of cloning opens up a new and exciting line of scientific study, it also seems to violate ancient taboos. To help sort out the issues--and to get the jump on a conservative Congress--President Clinton took two swift steps: he called for a moratorium on the use of federal funds for human-cloning research, and he asked his National Bioethics Advisory...

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