July 14th 2001


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COVER: Singapore's economic lessons for Australia

Canberra Observed: Electoral map shows uphill battle for Coalition

Falling fertility debate reignited

Dissenters highlight dangers in UN report

Cloning: how far will states ban go?

Keep the single selling desk for wheat

The Media

Straws in the Wind

Letter: Export figures disputed

Minister resists competition push

Mass destruction in the future

Manufacturing and the sinew of war

Is corporate cost cutting becoming lethal?

French applaud 35-hour week

Books: Colonial Consorts, by Marguerite Hancock

Books: The China Threat - How the People's Republic Targets America, Bill Gertz

Letter: Barley story wrong

Letter: Trade, US-style

Letter: Riddle solved

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Cloning: how far will states ban go?


by News Weekly

News Weekly, July 14, 2001
On June 8, the Prime Minister and State Premiers met at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting to discuss, among other matters, uniform legislation on the issue of human cloning.

The agreed aim was for "nationally consistent provisions in legislation to prohibit human cloning" with "a report from Health Ministers by the end of the year on technical issues with the aim of a nationally consistent approach being in place in all jurisdictions by June 2002".

While it appears there is general agreement on banning reproductive cloning, to produce a baby, there is no uniform agreement on cloning for therapeutic purposes. Therapeutic cloning aims to produce new tissues to cure ailments, but it involves the destruction of a human embryo.

The National Health and Medical Research Council's Ethics Committee has recommended banning all forms of cloning. The Federal Government's current inquiry on cloning is yet to issues its recommendations.

As News Weekly has reported, recent research has revealed that adult stem cells are proving far more hopeful in providing new therapies than therapeutic cloning. Adult stem cells are naturally occurring and their use does not involve the creation of a human embryo.

However, many scientists support therapeutic cloning to give them access to embryos for research purposes.




























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