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Missouri Likely to Vote on Cloning

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

Residents of Missouri this fall are likely to face a ballot issue that, if passed, would provide the biotech industry broad latitude to conduct cloning of human embryos for medical research. CMC opposes these unethical research practices, and urges Missouri voters to reject the issue if it qualifies for the ballot.

The ballot issue would authorize a procedure called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), a technical term that describes how a human embryo would be cloned. It would also favor the unproven practice of human embryonic stem-cell research for the legitimate practice of adult stem-cell research, which has led to the treatment of at least 65 illnesses.

Backers call their proposal the “Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative,” but that creates an atmosphere of false hope. Human embryonic stem-cell research has not led to any proven therapies or treatments, and even proponents of this morally indefensible practice admit that it would not lead to any new treatments for several years at the minimum. Six states that neighbor Missouri have banned SCNT and the Show Me State should follow suit.

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