Petitions have only begun to be gathered to qualify the Missouri Stem Cell and Cures Initiative for November's ballot, and already the controversy is white hot.
Proponents contend that their proposal would merely permit embryonic stem cell research using a technique known as somatic cell nuclear transfer, while also banning human cloning. But opponents insist that the process is human cloning and that the initiative would actually create a constitutional right to clone human life.
Which side is right? The answer to this threshold question depends on whether one accepts a scientific definition of cloning or a political one.
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