Legislators continue to struggle with a bill that’d ban human cloning. The House this morning passed its own version of the bill, which bans human cloning but does allow “destructive” research on donated human embryos. Earlier this year, the Senate passed a version of the cloning bill which would ban that kind of research. Senator John Redwine, a doctor from Sioux City, says the ultimate resolution may be to pass a bill that simply bans human cloning and remains silent on the issue of research. Redwine, though, believes legislators will return to the issue in future years. He says there is really no need for embryonic stem cell research. He says the only valuable studies are done on adult embryonic cells.Redwine expects to debate the issue in the Senate tomorrow, ironically at the same time a conference on the research is going on in Washington. Redwine says he turned down and invitation to the White House to talk about the issue, as he’ll be doing that on the floor of the Iowa Senate.Republican Representative Dan Boddicker of Tipton is among those who do not want embryos used for research. He says it’s targeting a member of the human race for research. He says it’s not a road he thinks we should go down.
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