New Jersey's governor signed a bill
[passed without amendment - now P.L.2003, c.203]) on Sunday that makes the Garden State the second in this country to legalize embryonic stem cell research, while making human reproductive cloning unlawful. (California's the other state: see Health & Safety Code § 125300
(stem cell research) and § 24185
(cloning).) It's a fine line, and one that bedeviled the President's Council on Bioethics in its 2002 report on cloning
, but it's an important line for those who believe that stem cells are the most promising source out there of treatments for a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including traumatic spinal cord injuries.