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WHO condemns human cloning, but says some cloning OK

March 11, 1997

GENEVA (AP) _ The World Health Organization condemned human cloning Tuesday as ``ethically unacceptable,″ but said other cloning research could medically benefit humanity and should continue.

The U.N. health agency said it would lead an international debate to establish common guidelines for the scientific community to follow and to help others understand the issue.

The successful cloning of a sheep in Scotland ``has raised great interest and also great concern in all ... cultures,″ WHO Director General Hiroshi Nakajima said in a statement.

Cloning concerns include transmitting diseases across species to people as well as destroying resistance to disease by destroying diversity, WHO spokesman Philippe Stroot said.

``The WHO is not, as a matter of principle, against this kind of research provided some kind of parameters are set,″ Stroot said.

The first discussions are scheduled for April 23-25 in Geneva.

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