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  • Politics, Filed Bill considers stem cell research Ban in Minnesota 1 comment
    Mar 20, 2011 2:34 PM

    The Minnesota legislature is considering a piece of legislation designed to prevent human cloning resulting in a ban of human embryonic stem cell research in Minnesota.

    Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake’s bill,S.F.695/H.F. 998, titled the anti-cloning bill, as a preventative measure and a moral issue. Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) and the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center support research on multipotent stem cells in several releases.

    The Bottom Line: If it becomes law it would stifle stem cell research that has the potential to cure diseases and disorders in the state. The “Bill” defines “human cloning as human asexual reproduction accomplished by introducing nuclear material from one or more human somatic cells into a fertilized or unfertilized oocyte whose nuclear material has been removed or inactivated so as to produce a living organism at any stage of development that is genetically virtually identical to an existing or previously existing human organism”. I doubt it will pass!

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    In your ignorance regarding embryonic stem cell research, you have confused the issue of the ban. The ban is limited to cloning, and subdivision 5 specifies the following:


    Nothing in this section shall restrict areas of scientific
    2.4research not specifically prohibited by this section, including research in the use of nuclear
    2.5transfer of other cloning techniques to produce molecules, DNA, cells other than human
    2.6embryos, tissues, organs, plants, or animals other than humans.


    In other words, the ban on cloning will have no impact on existing embryonic, or other, stem cell research. They can ban human cloning, which has never been accomplished, but it has absolutely no impact on ES cell research because all existing ES cell lines were created WITHOUT non-existent cloning technology. If it becomes law, it will stifle nothing.
    9 Apr 2011, 02:19 PM Reply Like
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