Friday, May 30, 2008

Cloning Around In Japan

Nature reports that Japan may soon authorize experimental human embryonic cloning. This would overturn a 2001 Japanese ban on such research. Human cloning will have to adhere to "rigorous ethical regulations", and human reproductive cloning will still be banned.

Japan's legal volta face will not go unnoticed by countries hoping to remain at, or reach, the competitive frontiers of biotechnology.

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