The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 18, 1997
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AI2 SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1997 CLONING THE SALINA JOURNAL Clinton advisers recommend ban on cloning finances Panel wants scientific controls extended to 'all research settings ... in the public or private sector' By The Associated Press WASHINGTON A ban on financing human cloning experimeiits with federal money should continue, and private researchers should voluntarily comply with the moratorium, a panel working on recommendations to President Clinton suggested Saturday. The National Bioethics Advisory Commission is scheduled to send Clinton a final set of recommendations for government policy on human cloning by May 27. No final decisions have been made, but the panel met Saturday to discuss proposed recommendations and work on refining them. Clinton formed the IB-member commission to study implications of human cloning after Scottish scientists unveiled Dolly the sheep in February, the first known clone of an adult mammal. The current moratorium pertains to federally funded human cloning experimentation, although Clinton has suggested extending the ban to private studies. The panel's chairman Harold Shapiro, president of Princeton University, wants the panel to meet again — before May 27 — to complete its recommendations but was uncertain whether that would happen. Shapiro raised the possibility of delaying the final report until after the panel's next scheduled meeting June 7. "If we have to do that, we will certainly be in contact with the White House to see if that's acceptable or not acceptable," he said. The panel also is considering whether to recommend federal legislation to extend scientific oversight to private clinics now experimenting with in vitro fertilization and other test-tube research. Federally funded research comes under such regulations now. Human subjects already are protected by Food and Drug Administration rules when substances are administered to them in private or government research. But some panel members worry that the proposed recommendation as now worded might not achieve its intended purpose. It says scientific controls should be extended to "all research settings whether in the public or private sector." The proposal's lack of specifications for what constitutes research will provide a loophole, some members said. "Our concern here is that an in vitro fertilization doctor will say 'I'm not doing research, but using an innovative technique to help a couple with severe infertility,'" said panel member Bernard Lo, director of medical ethics at the University of California, San Francisco. Historically, in vitro fertilization doctors have used this argument to avoid scientific oversight, Lo said. Another proposed recommendation would recommend carefully crafted, narrowly tailored federal legislation to ban the use of human cloning techniques to create o] spring. While the goal of the recommendation was roundly supported, some panel members said they worry that the legislative process could, perhaps unintentionally, restrict oth kinds of research. The panel also is considering recommendations reaffirming the ac- > ceptability of research in animal cloning. "This is a very important foundation" to modern biomedical research, said Shapiro. > , $ Save Up To 50% of Conventional j .' , / Body Shop Estimates $ Keep Factory Paint / $ No Paint or Body Fillers $ Possible Same Day Service $ FREE ESTIMATES $ Expert Superior Quality Repairs Since 1989 $ Insurance Approved PDRAA Certified and NPRDA Member Come by for a Free Demonstration 906 W. Crawford, Salina 823-3320 <,/: .;? r *it. -' ;i l ~ '. 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