WASHINGTON, December 20, 2002 ( – Stanford University's unilateral decision to create a stem cell laboratory for human embryo experimentation and cloning has drawn criticism from the Bush Administration's bioethics panel.

“Stanford has decided to proceed with cloning research without public scrutiny and deliberation,” said Dr. Leon Kass, chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics, “and has hurt the cause of public understanding of this subject by its confusion of the issue.”

Dr. Kass, who is on the faculty of the University of Chicago, sought a public apology from Stanford for “obfuscating the nature of such research” into “cloning for biomedical research” and for publicizing misinformation about the panel he chairs.

In response, Stanford deleted all references to the panel and apologized for misstating the panel's position—but did not back away from its determination to conduct research irrespective of ethical guidelines.

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