Ivanhoe reports that, barring further upsets, "a United Nations General Assembly panel will vote this Friday, Nov. 19, on an anti-cloning treaty put forward by the United States and Costa Rica." A United Nations ban on therapeutic cloning, a vital technology for the most promising research into regenerative medicine, would be a blow to the fight for freedom of research in many countries - including the US. "We have to listen to our scientists, listen to our physicians and by all means listen to the millions of people that are suffering with diseases. Eventually, this science will advance. I think the question is: How many millions of lives might we lose? How much suffering will take place before we find the true benefits of this research?"