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Wednesday, January 27, 1999 Published at 13:06 GMT


California considers human cloning

Human cloning is prohibited in California for the moment

California, home to the greatest concentration of cloning expertise in the world, established a formal advisory committee on Tuesday to study the implications of human cloning.

Joe Munso, the Deputy Director of the state's Department of Health Services said the committee would help to advise the California's lawmakers what its long-term approach to human cloning should be.

He said: "California has been a national leader in the biotechnology arena. With its scientific resources and multicultural character, California is well positioned to lead the discussion of public policy on this latest genetic technological breakthrough."

[ image: Korean scientists claimed last year to have cloned a human embryo]
Korean scientists claimed last year to have cloned a human embryo
The new California committee includes doctors, law professors, scientists and health care executives. Munso said the group's findings will have medical, societal and ethical implications.

California is one of three U.S. states which prohibits human cloning. But the ban is set to end on 1 January 2003.

In 1997, the US National Bioethics Advisory Commission recommended that Congress enact legislation to ban the cloning of entire human beings for now, but allow the cloning of human embryos for private laboratory research.

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