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Bad News from West Oz

Wednesday, 7 May, 2008

The Western Australian parliament has rejected a bill that would allow therapeutic cloning. This would have brought W.A. into line with most of Australia, but it now looks like researchers will have to head east for work in this area. The Human Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill was defeated in the Upper House of the W.A. state parliament, in a close vote of 18-15, yesterday.

The bill was silly anyway. Allowing therapeutic cloning but not the creation of human embryos through fertilisation for research purposes. That’s the wrong order to go in if you want to convince people. You have to hit embryo research first, then transition into alternative ways of creating embryos.

Anyway, the hansards will be available by Friday night, so I’ll edit this post with my comments on those when I look at them on the Weekend.

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