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Italy offers compromise on proposed UN cloning treaty

[JURIST] In an attempt to resolve division among UN member states, Italy has put forth a compromise proposal for a global treaty on human cloning. The UN General Assembly's Legal Committee (the Sixth Committee) has been debating two proposals, one from Costa Rica that would ban all human cloning, and one from Belgium that would ban reproductive cloning but allow states to use embryos for stem cell and other research. Italy's proposal would call on countries to ban attempts to create "human life," rather than "human beings" through cloning. The Sixth Committee offers a summary of its work on the proposed convention against the reproductive cloning of human beings. An ad hoc committee established to consider the proposed convention has additional background. JURIST's Paper Chase has covered the UN debate on cloning. AP has more.

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