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Biotech Industry Position on Human Cloning

Genetic Crossroads
February 21st, 2001

On February 19, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) released
a press statement containing a letter to George W. Bush that "urg[es]
him to support continuation of the current voluntary moratorium" on
reproductive human cloning, and warns of the risk of "a public
backlash against responsible biotechnology research."

BIO is of course aware that the Bush administration has already
announced its support for existing policy on human cloning, which is
voluntary and temporary, and applies only to federally funded research.

BIO's announcement does not constitute serious opposition to reproduc-
tive human cloning. What is required is national legislation that bans
the production of human children by cloning--a provision already enacted
as law in 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.


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