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Who's Against Cloning? It's "For the Children," After All.

Well, those wacko Raelians are claiming that they've cloned a human being. I don't know how much I'm ready to believe a group whose leader claims to be a prophet for the space aliens who created mankind. Still, it seems as if it's only a matter of time, and this ought to be taken as a shot across the bow of societal sanity. Here's the response from a bioethicist:

"Regardless of the accuracy of the claim, the fact that renegade scientists are apparently continuing to work to clone human beings despite the proven dangers of mammalian cloning shows that the United States and the rest of the world need to pass a complete ban on this dangerous and unethical procedure as soon as possible," said C. Ben Mitchell, a senior fellow at the center.

I wonder how many non-renegade scientists there are who are itching to try their hands at the process... hey, "it'll be safer." Given our treatment of other controversial, dubiously ethical, scientific issues (e.g., abortion and embryonic stem cell research), we don't set a very high bar for the rest of the world. The bottom line is that bioethicists will have no influence in a world that still has slavery and in which people are still covered in acid as punishment for suspected sexual improprieties. That there's an unethical "fifth column" in the West won't help.

Posted by Justin Katz @ 08:41 AM EST

1 Comment

i dont believe in cloning, because how can you take a humans cells a creat another human. and how would they live by using someone elses cells?

chelsea @ 11/24/2003 08:25 AM EST