The 18-member panel releases its far-from-unanimous decision in favor of a four-year moratorium on therapeutic cloning by a vote of 10 to seven with one member abstaining. Some members voting for the moratorium felt this would allow some time to present their case against human cloning in a more "democratic way." The council also calls for a reproductive cloning ban.



July 9, 2002

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HHS Names New Members to Rural Health Advisory Committee

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the appointment of five rural health experts to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health.

"The five new members of the committee are national leaders in rural health," Thompson said. "Their input will ensure that HHS and its many programs serve and support rural communities as strongly as possible."

The selections are:



Phthalate Esters Panel strongly disagrees with charges made by Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) that extreme levels of phthalates in beauty products are responsible for birth defects in women of childbearing age. Click here for Phthalate Esters Panel Statement Click here for Phthalate Esters Panel Response To HCWH




An Australian working party of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released guidelines for xenotransplantation as a therapy for human beings. Xenotransplantation is the process of transplanting cells, tissues, or organs from one species to another (in this case pigs to humans).


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