Spain's National Commission on Assisted Reproduction has issued a series of recommendations to the government on a variety of issues in assisted reproduction, including the live issue of reproductive and therapeutic uses of cloning technology as well as familiar issues surrounding embryo and gamete freezing. The commission's report underlines the fact that human reproductive cloning is forbidden under Spanish law and proposes harsher penalties for its breach. Acknowledging the potential benefits of using cloning technology for the development of cell/tissue therapy, the report argues that the problematic status of the human embryo discourages such research. The Catholic Church in Spain has yet to issue a reaction to the report, but it is clearly opposed to any form of embryo manipulation.
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