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Politics, Filed Bill considers stem cell research Ban in Minnesota

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!