Historic legislation to allow therapeutic cloning for stem cell production could spark a flood of medical research in Victoria, says Health Minister Bronwyn Pike.

The legislation, an amendment to Victoria’s Infertility Treatment Act, passed the Upper House of the state’s parliament in a historic conscience vote, 23 votes to 16.

Victoria is the first state to pass legislation mirroring federal therapeutic cloning laws.

The new law allows excess human embryos from IVF treatment to be used to create stems cells for medical research.

Link [www.theage.com.au/news/National/Stem-cell-bill-passes-Vic-parliament/2007/05/03/1177788315454.html]