Univ. of Minn. fears brain drain from cloning amendment

The Minnesota Daily reports how word of the state’s anti-cloning legislation has already affected the University of Minnesota:

As soon as the cloning bill debate fired up in Minnesota, the poaching began, (Dr. Meri) Firpo said.

Research institutions across the country began reaching out to personnel at the (university’s Stem Cell Institute) to see if they’d be interested in relocating to a friendlier research environment.

A ban on (somatic cell nuclear transfer) would “put a big stamp of ‘Not Welcome’ on top of the state of Minnesota for life sciences,” said Mary Koppel, spokeswoman for the University’s Academic Health Center.