Cloning: The Blighted Science

The Australian Senate in 2006, by the narrowest possible margin, approved the manufacture of human embryos by cloning.

This overturned the long-standing ban on creating embryos solely for research; a ban upheld unanimously by the Senate only four years earlier, but now abandoned in the face of overwhelming scientific hype.

Within twelve months of the Senate vote, a paradigm shift in stem cell science rendered cloning redundant. This much is certain: if Parliament had known in 2006 what we know now, no cloning legislation would ever have been drafted, let alone approved.

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