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For those who missed the March 5 symposium on cloning at Stanford University, there's still time to catch it in cyberspace. The transcript of that event, "Cloning Sheep; Cloning Humans," is now available on the Internet.
The transcript was made possible by the Stanford Technology Law Review (STLR), a forum for discourse on critical issues that intersect law, science, technology and public policy. Founded in January by law students, the STLR hopes to take advantage of Stanford Law School's strength in technology law and its students' interest in technology-related issues. The web site is http://stlr.stanford.edu.
In addition to the transcript and visuals of the cloning panel, the STLR site offers hypertext links to supporting materials. For instance, readers can access President Clinton's memorandum regarding federal restrictions on human cloning.
The panel was convened just days after the journal Nature reported the successful cloning of a mammal, Dolly the lamb. It brought together scientists, lawyers and ethicists to discuss the project's implications. It featured a broad range of prominent Stanford scholars: Dr. Mary Lake Polan, chair of the department of gynecology and obstetrics; Henry Greely, professor of law and of genetics; Ernlé Young, co-director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics; Rachel Cohon, assistant professor of philosophy; Joan Fujimura, the Henry R. Luce Professor of Biotechnology and Society; and Ronald Davis, professor of biochemistry. Troy Duster, sociology professor at the University of California-Berkeley and chairman of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research Program for the National Institutes of Health, participated as well.
By Elaine Ray