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Australia Bans All Human Cloning

Genetic Crossroads
September 18th, 2002

Australia Bans All Human Cloning

The Australian House of Representatives passed a bill banning all human cloning, whether for research or reproductive purposes. It is expected to move through the Senate and be enacted into law. The bill allows, but regulates, embryonic stem cell research. The legislation is consistent with many laws in continental Europe, but sets Australia apart from the United Kingdom, which allows research cloning under the eye of its Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). See Patrick Goodenough, "Australian Lawmakers Ban Cloning," CNSNews.com, August 30, 2002, http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=
/ForeignBureaus/archive/200208/FOR20020830a.html.


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