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  • By: Andrew Bauer & John S. Kuo
  • In: Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research
  • Edited by: Clive N. Svendsen & Allison D. Ebert
  • Subject:Ethics in Health Care (general), Medical Research

THE DEBATE ON stem cell research rages on in the state of Missouri. Many states have successfully enacted some legislation that addresses the spécifie uses and means of harvesting human embryonic stem cells, and Missouri has followed suit. Missouri law currently forbids the use of state funds for cloning for reproductive purposes but does permit cloning for research. It does not specifically prohibit research on the human fetus/embryo but does not allow research on a fetus that was alive before abortion, thereby eliminating the so—called abortion—for-research practice. The law also prohibits the sale of human tissue for research and cloning purposes.

Missouri is one of three states (including Iowa and Massachusetts) that affirm the legality of human embryonic stem cell research but that do not provide ...

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