WASHINGTON, December 13, 2002 ( – The libertarian-conservative Weekly Standard reports that Stanford University is creating a $12 million research center for producing human clones for biomedical research. The move defies both the July 2001 ban by the U.S. House of Representatives and a four-year moratorium recommended by the President’s Council on Bioethics, write William Kristol and Eric Cohen.  Kristol and Cohen comment: “Stanford’s announcement is important: In a country still weighing the significance and moral dangers of taking the first steps toward human cloning, a major research university has decided to plunge ahead. Stanford seems to believe that the question of whether to harvest and exploit cloned human embryos—and perhaps eventually cloned human foetuses—is one for scientists and internal university review boards, not citizens and their democratic institutions.”  To view the Dec. 14 issue of the Weekly Standard (available on Saturday, Dec. 14) see:


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