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January 18, 2002

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The United States should ban human reproductive cloning aimed at creating a child, says a new National Academies' report that considers only the scientific and medical aspects of this issue, plus ethical issues that pertain to human-subjects research. Based on experience with reproductive cloning in animals, the report concludes that human reproductive cloning would be dangerous for the woman, fetus, and newborn, and is likely to fail. The study panel did not address the issue of whether human reproductive cloning, even if it were found to be medically safe, would be -- or would not be -- acceptable to individuals or society.

Irving L. Weissman Karel and Avice Beekhuis Professor of Cancer Biology, and Professor of Pathology and Developmental Biology Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. and Chair, Panel on Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning Maxine F. Singer President, Carnegie Institution of Washington and Chair, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of The National Academies Mark Siegler Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago and Member, Panel on Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning.