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Welfare advisors seek cloning ban

15 December 1998
Welfare advisors seek cloning ban

THE Governments animal welfare advisors have called for a moratorium on the commercialisation of cloned embryos used in livestock …more…



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Welfare advisors seek cloning ban

15 December 1998
Welfare advisors seek cloning ban

By Jonathan Riley

THE Governments animal welfare advisors have called for a moratorium on the commercialisation of cloned embryos used in livestock.

The latest report of the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) has recommended the establishment of a committee to oversee cloning developments.

Although commercialisation remains some way off, FAWC chairman Professor Sir Colin Spedding said that the development of cloning technology was accelerating.

The possible side-effects of cloning, such as oversized offspring, embryonic and foetal losses and birth abnormalities, should be closely scrutinised, he said.

Professor Spedding called for legislation to ensure that vets would certify any dams used as a recipient of an embryonic clone was of an appropriate size in relation to the offspring produced.

He also voiced concern over the current practice of nuclear transfers in sheep.

The technique involves surgical implantation of eggs which are cultured for a week before the animal is slaughtered and the embryos recovered.

Professor Spedding said that the laboratory-based culture of embryos should be researched instead.

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