Part I of this note evaluates human embryonic stem cell research, including an explanation of the potential benefits of this procedure and the ethical debates surrounding this type of research. Part I also identifies the legal approach to human embryonic stem cell research currently used in the U.S. Next, Part I addresses therapeutic cloning. First, therapeutic cloning is explained and then distinguished from reproductive cloning. Second, Part I discusses the ethical concerns that arise from therapeutic cloning. Third, Part I outlines the current U.S. legal approach to therapeutic cloning. Part II of this note explains the British approach to both of these controversial research procedures. Part III describes the state of unregulated, private genetic research in the U.S. Finally, Part IV proposes that the U.S. adopt a legal scheme similar to that in Britain regarding human embryonic stem cell research and therapeutic cloning.



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