In the States
The Governor of Arkansas recently signed into law a bill banning
all cloning, including cloning for research purposes. The law
also prohibits the sale, transfer, or purchase of materials
for the purpose of conducting human cloning. Violations would
be punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
North Dakota enacted similar legislation in April.
The New York State Assembly approved a bill which
would ban reproductive cloning but allow the use of cloning
techniques to produce stem cells for research. The bill now
moves to the Republican controlled Senate.
The Massachusetts State Legislature is set to
launch debate on similar legislation. Massachusetts is home
to several biotechnology firms, including Advanced Cell Technology.
To date, California is the only state to authorize the use of
cloned embryos for stem cell research.