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19 European countries ban human cloning [CNN]



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>                  19 EUROPEAN NATIONS SIGN BAN ON HUMAN CLONING
>                                        
>   Britain, Germany not among signatories
>   
>      January 12, 1998
>      Web posted at: 8:00 p.m. EST (0100 GMT)
>      
>      PARIS (CNN) -- Nineteen European nations on Monday signed an
>      agreement to prohibit the cloning of humans.
>      
>      Representatives from 19 members of the Council of Europe signed a
>      protocol that would commit their countries to ban by law "any
>      intervention seeking to create human beings genetically identical to
>      another human being, whether living or dead." It rules out any
>      exception to the ban, even in the case of a completely sterile
>      couple.
>      
>      "At a time when occasional voices are being raised to assert the
>      acceptability of human cloning and even to put it more rapidly into
>      practice, it is important for Europe solemnly to declare its
>      determination to defend human dignity against the abuse of
>      scientific techniques," Council Secretary-General Daniel Tarchys
>      said.
>      
>      The text, which is to become a part of the European Convention on
>      Human Rights and Biomedicine, would permit cloning of cells for
>      research purposes.CNN's Margaret Lowrie reports
>      icon 2 min. 3 sec VXtreme video
>      
>      The accord will become binding on the signatories as soon as it has
>      been ratified in five states.
>      
>      Countries signing are: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece,
>      Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Moldova, Norway, Portugal,
>      Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Macedonia and Turkey.

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