The National Assembly of South Korea passed a bill that
bans human reproductive and research cloning. Its Ministry of
Health and Welfare said that it will become law in 2004.
France's lower house of parliament backed draft legislation
making human reproductive and research cloning a crime. The
bill is expected to pass the upper house early this year.
In Israel, a bill that bans reproductive cloning only
was presented before the Knesset by its Health Ministry.
Italy's senate passed a bill which will bar gay couples
and single women from having access to artificial insemination
after a divisive debate which pitted outraged liberals against
conservative Roman Catholics. http://www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,12576,1105906,00.html
The United Nations reduced the length of delay in further
considering a global convention to ban human cloning. Without
a vote, the General Assembly decided to shorten the delay to
one year, from the two year delay that had been passed by the
assembly's legal committee in November.
The California Fish and Game Commission denied a Texas
company's plan to sell genetically altered, glow-in-the-dark
fish in California pet stores, calling fluorescent fish an example
of science gone wrong.
The state of New Jersey has a new law that bans human
reproductive cloning, but allows research cloning. After California,
it is the second state to enact such a law.