The Canadian House of Commons has passed a comprehensive
assisted reproductive technologies bill that includes bans on
both reproductive and research cloning, and the sale of human
sperm, eggs and embryos. (For details, see Genetic
Crossroads #34.) But several anti-abortion Liberals
opposed the legislation, arguing it would permit research that
requires the destruction of human embryos. The bill requires
Canadian Senate approval and its prospects are unclear, in part
because of changes in Liberal party leadership and the possibility
of new elections.
"Commons passes bill that outlaws human cloning,"
CTV News (Oct. 29) http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/
In response to widely criticized human nuclear transfer experiments
in China carried out by American and Chinese scientists,
China has adopted new policies banning clinical use of embryo
transfer. Embryo transfer for research purposes may also have
"Chinese connection beats ban on cloning-style fertility
technique," Guardian (Oct. 14) http://www.guardian.co.uk/genes/article/0,2763,1062492,00.html
"Comment: Ethics needed in medical research," China
Daily (Oct. 31)
"New Fertility Technique Raises Eyebrows," Health
Day News (Oct. 14)
Singapore plans to ban reproductive cloning, but the
health ministry is making it clear that research cloning will
remain legal. The bill, which is expected to be signed into
law in early 2004, would also require researchers to get health
ministry approval before beginning research on human stem cells.
The legislation also bans cross-species research.
"Singapore proposes ban on human cloning," Associated
Press (Nov. 17)