Since the birth of the cloned sheep Dolly in 1996 the world has been gripped in shock and awe waiting to see if human cloning would ever become a reality. Recently in the news a team of Korean scientists took genetic material from normal cells in women donors and combined it with their eggs. The resulting 30 embryos were grown to produce stem cells that can divide into any tissue in the body. The theory is cells can be used to replace ones that have failed in diseased patients.
- “Human cloning activist Randolfe Wicker can hardly contain his excitement. A gay man who has long wanted to reproduce himself through cloning, Wicker was thrilled to learn last week that a team in South Korea had created 30 robust human embryos–the first persuasive case of human cloning. It’s about time! Somehow, somewhere, one of them is bound to be implanted into a woman’s womb, exclaims Wicker, laughing with glee, and then you know what will happen.”
“Many people, like President Bush, want to stop all human cloning, even for research, because of a moral objection to destroying embryos and a fear that maverick fertility doctors might adopt researchers’ tricks to create babies. A bill that would ban all cloning has bogged down in Congress, and a similar ban has faltered in the United Nations. That’s because other folks–including Sen. John Kerry, the likely Democratic nominee for president–want to permit research cloning while forbidding baby making.
- Is mankind meddling in nature’s affairs where it doesn’t belong, or is this the next logical step in our evolution?
Has pandora’s genie been removed from the bottle or is it a boon for medicine?
Are we playing God or does religion not have any say in the matter?
Should cloning be banned or allowed under strict regulation?
Tough questions for a controversial time.