Human cloning will be illegal until 2020, after a law prohibiting the practice – should the technology become available – passed a final vote Monday night.
The bill, which passed 31-2, prohibits any technology by which a human can be cloned, instead of specifying cloning methods.
The Knesset Science and Technology Committee discussed the bill, which is aimed at preventing getting around rules using new technologies that were not mentioned in the original legislation on Sunday.
During the discussions, committee chairman MK Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism) said the panel was keeping apace with the most advanced research that could theoretically make it possible to clone humans as was the sheep named Dolly.
“We are differentiating between research and experimentation on humans and cloning. Our desire is to promote medical research and advance it [for promoting human health] as much as possible,” he said.