The coming human cloning controversies

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The following is an edited excerpt.

I learned about the first successful human cloning last Monday, but couldn’t write about it until Wednesday because of a news embargo. Scientists and media pretended that this wasn’t really human cloning for political reasons; just a step in that general direction.

But human cloning it was, and that is a huge deal, opening up the possibility of genetic engineering of embryos, creating custom made fetuses as organ farms, and the birth of a cloned baby. News stories often acted as if the experiment merely turned “unfertilized eggs” and skin cells into embryonic stem cells. Not true: The act of cloning creates an embryo. After that, the cloning is over.

Even though it is off to a slow start due to advocacy obfuscation, the reality of human cloning will soon create white-hot public controversies.

View the original article here: The Coming Human Cloning Controversies

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