FC: Senate weighs complete cloning ban, already approved by House

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sat Feb 09 2002 - 05:51:21 PST

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        By Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
        2:00 a.m. Feb. 9, 2002 PST
        WASHINGTON -- It's been seven months since the House of
        Representatives voted to ban cloning, and the Senate is deciding
        whether to follow suit.
        This week, the Senate Judiciary committee met to decide whether to ban
        human embryo cloning completely, or to prohibit only the reproductive
        cloning of human beings while still allowing "therapeutic" cloning for
        experimental research. [...]
    Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 18:06:53 -0500
    From: Saul Kent <SaulKentat_private>
    Subject: Don't Let The Government Ban Therapeutic Cloning!
             Therapeutic cloning research could lead to cures
    for heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and
    other lethal conditions.  It could also lead to therapies to
    reverse the infirmities and ravages of aging.
             The U.S. Senate is now debating The Human Cloning
    Prohibition Act (S.790), which has already passed the House.
    This bill could put scientists who conduct therapeutic cloning
    research in prison for 10 years.
             The Life Extension Foundation urges you to contact
    U.S. Senators to urge them to vote against this bill.  Information
    about how to do so can be found on The Foundation's web site
    (www.lef.org).  Also on the site is an interview with Mike West, Ph.D.,
    the President and CEO of Advanced Cell Technology, and an article
    entitled "Don't Let The U.S. Government Ban Therapeutic Cloning".
             Please send this message to everyone you know who is
    interested in staying alive and healthy.
    Saul Kent, Founder and Director
    Life Extension Foundation
    Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2002 21:58:31 -0600
    Subject: Re: FC: Responses to Center for Genetics and Society and ban on
    From: Virginia Postrel <virginiaat_private>
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     > After much thought I've come to the following conclusion: if we are
     > simply talking about the use of stem-cells/etc to learn how to clone
     > replacement organs, I am very comfortable with this line of research.
     > Furthermore, no one (save the Amish, Christian Scientists, and the
     > Luddites), I believe, would be against that technology.
    Judging from the mail you've posted, a number of your readers seem to be
    unaware that the House has overwhelmingly passed (in last year's session)
    and the White House has endorsed legislation that would make doing
    this--transferring a nucleus to an enucleated egg **for the purpose of
    cloning tissues or for basic cell research**, not only for reproductive
    purposes--a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. This
    would be a permanent ban, not a moratorium, and it is this sort of
    legislation that the Center for Genetics and Society is supporting.
    I wrote about this subject in The Wall Street Journal,
    Virginia Postrel (vpostrelat_private)
    Author, The Future and Its Enemies
    "Economic Scene" columnist, The New York Times
    Contributing editor and "Spaces" columnist, D Magazine
    http://www.dynamist.com | http://vpostrel.com (The Scene)
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