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Monday, September 3, 2007


Proponents of a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit embryonic stem cell research pulled the measure after critics pointed out its definition of “human” excluded people with common chromosomal abnormalities. Cures Without Cloning, which is pursuing an initiative drive to put the issue on the 2008 ballot, told media outlets it will submit revised language.

As originally submitted, the proposal defined human life as consisting of “a complete set of forty-six chromosomes.” Missourians with genetic conditions such as Down, Turner or Klinefelter syndromes wouldn’t fall under that definition since they have 45 or 47 chromosomes.

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