The Big Easy Gets it Done

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on June 4, 2008

It passed! Now all that needs to happen is the Governor, Bobby Jindal to sign it into law. And of course he supports the measure. The funding of human cloning research down in Louisiana has been banned! Great news for that state and it gives us a good piece of model legislation to shop around to other states who still have some sense in them.

An early piece of legislation had attached language that would actually criminalize (10 years in jail like countries such as France and Canada) the act of human cloning research and this language caused the bill to have more trouble in passing. Removing the language criminalizing the act, allowed the bill to sail quickly through the vote with a 36-0 passage.

The skeptics claim again that banning state money to conduct human cloning research would cause scientists to leave the state and for them to lose their edge and that cloning research MAY lead to cures.

“Dr. Claude Bouchard, director of Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, was out of town and not available for comment Tuesday. Bouchard has said he worried that the bill would hurt the center’s efforts to recruit and retain top researchers, although Pennington is not now attempting the procedure, known in scientific jargon as “somatic cell nuclear transfer.”

Never before has an industry been so wedded to a sinking ship!

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