Capital Hill Watch
Human Cloning Prohibition
Act of 2003 (H.R. 534)
February 27, 2003, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider
the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003
(H.R. 534). (Text
Of Legislation) The measure
amends the Federal criminal code to prohibit any person or entity, in
or affecting interstate commerce, from knowingly: (1) performing or
attempting to perform human cloning; (2) participating in such an attempt;
(3) shipping or receiving an embryo produced by human cloning or any
product derived from such embryo; or (4) importing such an embryo or
derived product. Also, the bill sets forth criminal and civil penalties. It provides that nothing in this Act restricts
areas of scientific research not specifically prohibited above, including
research in the use of nuclear transfer or other cloning techniques
to produce molecules, DNA, cells other than human embryos, tissues,
organs, plants, or animals other than humans.
a research compound of the Roslin Institute Dolly, the world’s first
cloned mammal, was born on July 5, 1996.
On February 14, 2003, the six year-old sheep died after being
diagnosed with progressive lung disease.
sheep was created from a breast cell of her genetically identical mother. After birth, Dolly grew obese, developed arthritis,
and demonstrated signs of premature aging. To spare her from the advance of lung disease, Dolly was euthanized.
have learned that mice cloned from embryonic stem cells may look identical,
but many of them actually differ from one another by harboring unique
the explanation as to the reason why so many clones do not survive to
birth may be found in these subtle and previously undetected genetic
abnormalities. This new development has caused great consideration in
the debate over the safety and morality of human cloning since it adds
credence to researchers' fears that even apparently healthy clones are
not as normal as they appear.
in mice, this study demonstrates that embryonic stem cells are surprisingly
What Can You Do?
representative to SUPPORT the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003 (H.R. 534)
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United States House of Representatives
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