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Scientists Petition President's Bioethics Panel on Stem Cell Nuclear Transfer Research Moratorium Recommendation

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Nura Shehzad reported in the Washington Fax on July 12 that the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research released a petition expressing its belief that a moratorium or ban on stem cell nuclear transfer is not a suitable action to take. The coalition issued the petition after the release of the President's Council on Bioethics (PCB) report on human cloning, which contains two recommendations, one of which calls for a 4-year moratorium on cloning for biomedical research. The petition, which was signed by 2,000 medical school educators and scientists, including Richard D. Klausner, former director of the National Cancer Institute, and Columbia University's Gerald Fischbach, former director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, was delivered to the PCB's July 12 meeting by National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy Chair Maxine Singer, who is president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The petition states, “We the undersigned oppose legislation currently being considered in the U.S. Congress that would criminalize stem cell nuclear …

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