Monday, February 04, 2008

Cloning and Stem Cell Legislation

Currently, there are five important bills that have been introduced before the 110th Congress involving cloning and stem cell research.

H.R. 322, The Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act of 2007, was introduced by Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD). The purpose of the bill is to derive human pluripotent stem cell lines using technology that does not harm human embryos. The bill is before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health. Contact the members of this committee at http://energycommerce.house.gov/Subcommittees/health.shtml.

H.R. 2807, The Patient's First Act of 2007, was introduced by Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA). The purpose of this bill is to intensify stem cell research showing the evidence of substantial clinical benefit to patients. This bill is also before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health.

S.2358, The Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act of 2007, was introduced by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KA). The purpose of this bill is to prohibit the development of human-animal hybrids. This bill is before the Senate Judiciary Committee. A complete list of committee members can be found at http://judiciary.senate.gov/members.cfm.

S.1036, The Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2007, was also introduced by Senator Brownback. Its purpose is to prohibit human cloning. This bill is before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The Committee's members can be found at http://help.senate.gov/About.html. Representative Dave Weldon (R-FL) introduced the corresponding bill on the House side. H.R. 2564, also titled The Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2007, is House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. A list of members can be found at http://judiciary.house.gov/committeestructure.aspx?committee=6.

The full text of each of the five bills can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov.