Stem cell research and the US
According to this article, the US is more hospitable to embryonic stem cell research than many other countries where cloning is actually a crime:
In Canada, scientists who violate the ban can be jailed for 10 years and fined $500,000. "You can bet that with these harsh sanctions scientists are complying," said Rosario M. Isasi, an attorney who works on medical ethics issues at the University of Montreal.Under German law, scientists who even e-mail or telephone cloning instructions to colleagues in other countries can be thrown into jail for three years and fined more than $60,000.
Of course, our goal should be to lead the world and the fact that other countries are even worse than us is small consolation.