U.S. States

Individual states have passed differing laws regarding human biotechnologies, creating an often inconsistent policy patchwork across the country. This is particularly the case with regard to human reproductive cloning, embryo cloning for stem cell research, and surrogacy. While more than a dozen states prohibit human reproductive cloning, the rest have not addressed it in law. Several states prohibit the creation of cloned human embryos for stem cell research, while others – notably California, which prohibits reproductive cloning – have invested billions of dollars in stem cell research programs that fund it. Laws and regulations pertaining to assisted reproduction, especially surrogacy, also vary significantly from state to state.
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California has enacted a law that begins to provide a framework for regulating the dozens of state stem cell clinics currently peddling treatments whose safety and effectiveness are dubious at best. The law, which sailed through Sacramento unopposed, goes into effect on January 1, 2018, and requires clinics to notify patients in writing if the treatments they offer have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. It’s a start, but it’s only one small step in the...

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California now has a first-of-its-kind stem cell law that requires clinics pitching non-FDA approved stem cell offerings to be upfront...

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The city is ramping up its efforts to collect genetic material. But the absence of oversight alarms forensic and legal...

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