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TITLE:  Wisconsin lawmakers vote to ban human cloning
SOURCE: Associated Press
DATE:   29 Sep 2005

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Wisconsin lawmakers vote to ban human cloning


MADISON, Wis. - The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature voted to
ban human cloning, but Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle vowed to veto the measure.

The Senate voted 21-12 Wednesday to prevent reproductive cloning, or
creating babies using existing human cells. The Assembly passed the ban
in June.

The legislation also would bar therapeutic cloning, which relies on the
use of embryonic tissue and produces genetically identical stem cells
that can develop into any other type of cell in the body. Embryos are
destroyed in the process.

Wisconsin Right-to-Life, an anti-abortion group, plans a call-in campaign
to persuade the governor to sign the ban, according to Barbara Lyons, the
group's executive director.

Doyle contends the measure would harm stem-cell research at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, a national leader.

UW-Madison chancellor John Wiley voiced unhappiness with the ban.

"It is a message that special interests can close off legitimate avenues
of scientific inquiry," Wiley said.

Six other states, not including Arizona, have similar bans.


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