No to cloning

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

-- TWENTY European countries recently signed a treaty which effectively bans human cloning. They signed the first international convention to controlresearch into human genetic engineering and cloning at the Convention on Human Rights and Bio-medicine in Oviedo, Spain. The accord prohibits the use of genetic engineering techniques for anything other than medical purposes. The treaty specifically forbids the production of human embryos exclusively for research purposes and prevents parents from using in-vitro fertilisation techniques to choose the sex of their children. "This agreement is based on the general principle that the interests and rights of individual humans must prevail over the interests of science," said Spain's health minister Jose Manuel Romay. Several Asian and American countries are expected to sign the treaty.

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.