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Obama says no to human cloning

world Updated: Mar 11, 2009 01:26 IST

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President Barack Obama has said he will not allow human cloning in US even as he lifted the eight-year-old ban on funding of stem cell research.

“We will ensure that our government never opens the door to the use of cloning for human reproduction,” Obama said in his remarks, before signing the executive order to lift the ban on funding of stem cell research.

“It is dangerous, profoundly wrong, and has no place in our society, or any society,” Obama said as he promised to enforce a strict regulations with regard to stem cell research in the country.

Promising that his Administration will never undertake this research lightly, Obama said: “We will support it only when it is both scientifically worthy and responsibly conducted. We will develop strict guidelines, which we will rigorously enforce, because we cannot ever tolerate misuse or abuse.”

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Scientists are cheering Obama’s lifting of federal funding restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, hopeful the move will open the financial floodgates to speed new treatments. “It's wonderful. We are elated,” said Jan Nolta, who directs the stem cell research program at the University of California at Davis.

“Now that we can use the federal funds, it will just go so much more quickly,” he said.