TORONTO, February 25, 2003 ( – A small group of professors and researchers from various Canadian universities are attempting to influence parliament to allow human cloning. The researchers claim that their aim is to use human cloning for research purposes only. Similar U.S. legislative proposals have been dubbed “clone and kill bills” since such cloning always involves the killing of cloned embryos.

The group has written an editorial in the Parliament Hill newspaper The Hill Times hoping to influence politicians to support human cloning. The list of professors includes: Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Alberta, Abdallah Daar, Professor of Public Health Sciences and Surgery and Director, Program in Applied Ethics and Biotechnology, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, Bartha Knoppers, Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine, University of Montreal, Peter A. Singer, Professor Medicine and Director, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, David Castle, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph and Ron Forbes, President and CEO, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)


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