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Medical professionals say Missouri bill to ban human cloning will harm stem cell research

January 31, 2005
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

A state Senate committee will consider a ban on human cloning (tonight).

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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State Senator Matt Bartle says he wants to ban human cloning.

A Senate committee will discuss Bartle's bill for the first time.

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Contents: "It would stop all research that involves creating a duplicate human being."

State senators, an author, scientist and doctor will be among those to discuss Bartle's bill.

Some scientists and St. Louis business leaders say they are worried the ban would hinder stem cell research.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Missouri could be the next state to ban human cloning.

Travis Thompson tells us state Senators will discuss the issue (tonight).

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State senators, an author, scientist and doctor will be among those to discuss the proposed bill to ban human cloning.

State Senator Matt Bartle sponsored the bill.

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Contents: "My hope tonight is that the public will be educated, the senate will be educated. This is an issue that's rushing to the front of the line because of the pace of the science."

Bartle says he wants Missouri to join the seven other states that already ban human cloning.

Some scientists and St. Louis business leaders say they are worried the ban would hinder stem cell research.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Medical professionals say stem cell research will be harmed if a Missouri bill to ban human cloning becomes law.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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A medical researcher and doctor told a Senate committee that a Missouri ban on human cloning would hinder embryonic stem cell research.

Bill Neaves,a medical researcher in Kansas City, told the Senate committee that a state ban on human cloning would hurt people in need of medical help.

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Contents: "Senate bill 160 would send medical scientists who search for these cures to jail. Senate bill 160 would prevent patients in Missouri from using SCNT stem cell cures that might be developed elsewhere in the years ahead."

Medical professional David Prentice supports the bill.

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Contents: "It's difficult to get the embryonic stem cells to grow and get just that one cell type. There's a potential for tumor formation or getting the wrong cell type."

Supporters of the ban on human cloning say the ban does not eliminate stem cell research.

Senator Matt Bartle sponsored the bill.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Supporters of a Senate bill to ban human cloning in Missouri say stem cell research will not be harmed.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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State Senator Matt Bartle says he wants to ban human cloning in Missouri.

Supporters of Bartle's bill told a Senate committee the ban would not stop embryonic stem cell research.

David Prentice of the Georgetown Medical School said adult stem cells provide many of the answers.

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Contents: "The collection together indicates that you can use these adult stem cells to form virtually any tissue in the body."

Those opposed to the bill say a ban on human cloning would harm embryonic stem cell research and people in need of medical help.

If the bill passes, Missouri will join seven other states that ban human cloning.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Missouri could join seven other states in a ban on human cloning.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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State senator Matt Bartle says he wants to ban human cloning in Missouri.

Bill Neaves, a medical researcher in Kansas City told a Senate committee Bartle's bill would hurt people in need of medical help.

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Contents: "Is that cluster of cells that are generated from a patient's own ordinary body cells a new human being? Or are they instead an extension of that individual's body, a way of culturing a cell from that individual's body to generate a population of cells that can be used to heal that person's injury?"

Supporter's of Bartle's bill told the Senate committe that the ban would not stop embryonic stem cell research.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.