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Stem Cell Research Supporters Urge UN to Vote Against 'Therapeutic' Cloning Ban

Posted by conservative67 on 2004.10.16 at 08:50
By Erin Brezsnyak
CNSNews.com Correspondent
October 15, 2004

(CNSNews.com) - Stem cell research proponents are calling for the U.N. to reject a ban on therapeutic cloning, or "destructive" cloning, as it is called by its opponents.

Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) or "therapeutic cloning," is the cloning of an embryo to research its stem cells, the building blocks of skin, bone, brain or nerve tissue, in the hopes that it will provide treatment for diseases.

The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR) presented a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the General Assembly urging them to reject a vote banning SCNT.

"This letter sends a clear message to all United Nations delegates and policy leaders around the world that any ban on therapeutic cloning research will be strongly opposed," said Daniel Perry, president of CAMR.

The National Right to Life (NRL), a pro-life organization, claims that therapeutic cloning is still cloning, even if it is used for a purpose other than birth. On its website it cites various scientists who have said that therapeutic cloning, or as NRL calls it "cloning for research," creates a human embryo.

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