German ethics council upholds cloning ban

Germany's National Ethics Council, charged with offering the federal government advice on ethical issues in the life sciences, has announced that it will continue to oppose cloning of human embryos for research.

The debate on therapeutic cloning was reopened in Germany following Britain's decisions this summer to loosen its rules on human cloning and to grant its first license for cloning for stem cell research. Deutsche Welle has more on Germany's policy. Local coverage is available here from the Frankfurter Allgemeine and here from Sueddeutsche (both in German).

 

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