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UN human cloning negotiations take new direction

[JURIST] A UN ad hoc committee on human cloning [official website] meets Monday to begin consideration of an alternative approach to regulation that would focus on national lawmaking rather than on an overarching international regulatory structure. Attempts to frame a comprehensive international treaty failed in November [JURIST report] after the United States attempted to expand the proposed instrument to ban all human cloning, which some countries preferred not to do in hopes of facilitating scientific and medical advances. The UN committee is made up of representatives of all 191 UN member-states, so any consensus reached would presumably be acceptable to the entire UN. A draft declaration is expected Friday. AFP has more.

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