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TERRY KEENAN, GUEST HOST: Should cloning be banned? Its a question back on everyone's mind since Clonaid's announcement on Friday that it has cloned the first human being, a baby named Eve. And it is an issue Congress will take on when it gets back to work next week. Well, if our next guest has his way, cloning will be banned completely here in the U.S. Joining us now is Republican Congressman Dr. Dave Weldon of Florida.
Congressman welcome, good to have you with us.
REP. DAVID WELDON, R-FLA.: It's great to be on the show.
KEENAN: It's somewhat surprising to think that Congress has been looking at this issue for several years now, and has been unable to pass a bill banning cloning. What is the hang-up?
WELDON: Well, the hang-up is over the issue of whether you ban all forms of cloning or whether you just ban reproductive cloning, an attempt to create baby, and you allow scientists to make cloned embryos in the lab and experiment with them and discard them. There are many people, particularly in the Senate who want to allow that. The House voted to make all forms of cloning illegal.
KEENAN: You are a medical doctor, an internist. How does the cloning of embryos for medical use differ from the whole debate on stem-cell research?
WELDON: Well they are really different issues. There is a little bit of overlap. You know, the stem-cell research issue is using either adult stem-cells, those are mature cells from your body. That is not actually controversial and that's actually where most of the good clinical results are being found, or, using embryo stem cells embryo stem-cells. And embryo stem-cells involves going to a fertility clinic, and getting the so-called excess embryos and extracting stem-cells from those embryos. The cloning issue is really a separate issue, and where they overlap is some of these scientists want to create these clones, and then extract stem-cells from them. So it can get very confusing when talk about this. But you can make cloning illegal in the United States, and stem-cell research can progress on unfettered.
KEENAN: Now that Senator Frist is the majority leader in the Senate, I think he shares your views on cloning, of course he is also a medical doctor, do you expect that we will see a bill on the president's desk this spring?
WELDON: Well, I think we can easily pass the bill that passed the House last year, passed by a wide bipartisan margin, Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives voting for it. The Senate never brought the issue to the floor and actually debated it. I think you are going to get debate on this issue with Bill Frist as the majority leader and hopefully a good bill will come out of the Senate. The president has been saying for months he will sign a bill, if we can make cloning illegal in the United States.
KEENAN: All right. Thanks for joining us. I'm sure we will be hearing a lot more about this.
WELDON: Happy to be with you, thanks.
KEENAN: All right. Good to have you with us.
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