EU seeks EFSA opinion on cloning
The subject of cloning animals and their offspring is
set to go under the microscope in the coming weeks, after the European
Commission announced today that it had asked scientists to assess the risks
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been asked to assess the
implications of cloning for food safety, animal health, animal welfare and the
environment, in a bid to help the Commission determine how to deal with such
animals and their by-products in the years to come.
Likely to develop and expand
Although cloning is
currently only carried out for research purposes in Europe, the Commission
predicts that it is "likely to develop and expand both in the EU and
internationally in the future."
The Commission has also requested that
the European Group of Ethics provide an updated opinion on the ethical aspects
of cloning techniques, paying particular attention to the health risks for
cloned farm animals and the possible effects on biodiversity.
EFSA is expected to deliver its opinion in six months.
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