WASHINGTON â€“ President Bush's Council on Bioethics advised Thursday a ban on reproductive cloning but opposed a permanent ban on cloning for medical research.
The recommendation comes as the U.S. Senate, which might take the issue up this summer, seems split on whether to allow "therapeutic cloning."
A ban on reproductive cloning, which involves using cloning technology to generate another human being, has unanimous support among senators. However, therapeutic cloning, which involves the cloning and destruction of human embryos to generate organs and other tissues to treat diseases, remains a contentious issue because some senators are morally opposed to it.
The council unanimously recommended a ban on federally and privately funded reproductive cloning. But the panel remained split on therapeutic cloning, with 10 of the 18 members voting in favor of a four-year moratorium on the technology...