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Vetoed Again[edit]

The US Stem cell research bill has been vetoed by Bush again.

History Notes in the US[edit]

The following is noted, "07 November, 2006 - The people of the U.S. state of Missouri passed Amendment 2, which allows usage of any stem cell research and therapy allowed under federal law, but prohibits human reproductive cloning." Is it not right to also say that the standard scientific definition of cloning was also changed by this amendment?

The text of the amendment states:

“Clone or attempt to clone a human being” means to implant in a uterus or attempt to implant in a uterus anything other than the product of fertilization of an egg of a human female by a sperm of a human male for the purpose of initiating a pregnancy that could result in the creation of a human fetus, or the birth of a human being.[1]

They thus define cloning based on whether or not it is implanted (or attempted to be implanted) in a womb for the purpose of seeing the fetus to term. Somatic cell nuclear transfer ceases to be cloing, while cloning ceases to be an action of copying.

Doesn't this clash with the National Academies who wrote about cloning in their book Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning (2002) saying, "When biologists use the word clone, they are talking specifically about DNA molecules, cells, or whole plants or animals that have the same genetic makeup"[2]? Isn't cloning copying DNA or cells or whole plants and animals, not just the intent to copy?

Isn't it still cloning (Therapuetic cloning)?[[3]] So, wouldn't it be important to note how cloning is defined in this document solely as reproductive cloning? Just some thoughts here. Resource for some information comes from a group opposed to it and cloning [4]

Generalize this Article?[edit]

This article is too focused on human and mammalian stem cells, and should leave those topics to specialized articles on those topics (and stem cell therapy / research). The Plant_stem_cell article should be merged with this one so that the single topic is covered in a single article. 24.4.102.221 (talk) 03:19, 25 February 2014 (UTC)