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Comment: Stem Cell Research and Cloning for Human Reproduction: An Analysis of the Laws, the Direction in Which They May be Heading in Light of Recent Developments, and Potential Constitutional Issues

I. Introduction
 
(1)  The world is continuously changing before our eyes. New scientific and technological developments are constantly being made. Not surprisingly, these changes usually occur well before the law is ready to respond and accommodate them. One of the most recent developments that will soon be pushing the limits of the law is in the world of science.

Researchers around the world have been independently working to see if they can unlock the secrets to the development of reproductive cells. Ultimately, the research teams are hoping to learn what causes stem cells to differentiate into sperm and egg cells. (2)One way this is significant to the legal world is that it may affect the configuration of reproductive rights. By learning what causes stem cells to differentiate into reproductive cells, scientists can help people have genetically related children. This could ultimately mean that, in the not-too-distant future, people who were previously unable to have genetically related children may be able to do so. These developments are somewhat controversial because they involve embryonic stem cell research. Additionally, some of these developments involve cloning techniques through nuclear transfer. Because of the employment of these potentially controversial techniques, their use for reproductive purposes may be prohibited in the United States. This Comment will briefly discuss the various methods being studied and how they relate to cloning and stem cell research, followed by a discussion of how the legal arena in the United States may be affected. This discussion will include current ...
 
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