An Australian parliamentary committee has recommended a total
ban on human cloning and on the creation of embryos for research.
In addition it called for national regulation of research on
adult and existing embryonic stem cell lines. But it was unable
to reach agreement on the issue of using surplus human embryos
for research. The committee's 300-page report is likely to form
the basis of future state and federal policies. See <www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_403299.html>.
The Council of Europe's Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine,
which prohibits the cloning of human beings and human embryos,
took effect in the Czech Republic on October 1. See <http://newsreal.
In Canada, comprehensive national legislation that would ban
human cloning and inheritable genetic modification and regulate
new genetic and reproductive technologies has been introduced.
Because a vote on the bill is not expected until late next spring,
a number of MPs from different parties are calling for immediate
legislative action to prohibit human cloning. Liberal MPs, however,
argue that the issue should be deferred until the complete bill
can be considered. See <www.canoe.ca/CNEWSPolitics0109/25_clone-cp.html>.