Some of Australia's top scientists are clashing with Catholic authorities over the issue of cloning human embryos as states consider their own laws and whether continued bans would hurt the country's chances of competing in biotechnology. Six experts met on the issue of stem cell laws, with the church saying it would not tolerate relaxation of cloning bans and scientists saying Australia's major role in international research and the need for new treatments for diseases requires current laws be changed to allow the research.

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