Reproductive biologist, Shoukhrat Mitalipov, and a team of specialists recently announced they have been able to produce human cells via a new cloning technique. The end result, according to the team, offers break-through advances in stem cell research. In further news, two cloned race horses have recently been "bred" to produce a foal that carries the genetic qualities of the parents. When it comes to the cloning of humans and other intelligent mammals, do you have any particular ethical concerns about possible misuses of the practice?
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Sharkye11, I remember in school learning how Albert Einstein grieved over his aid in realizing the potential of the atom bomb for warfare and his fears came to pass. It often seems that despite our potential we fall short on respect for all life.
Like Pamela99, I would separate stem cell research for health from cloning, and see it as a separate issue.
Pamela99, some months ago it was reported that scientists were doing research into procuring stem cells from umbilical cords obtained after births. Suddenly the news dried up. I wish alternative research methods like this were seriously looked into.
Larry Wall, good points. And for all the potential medical advances scientists tout about cloning I wish they'd gear more research for cures by other means.It often seems they prefer to see how far they can go in manipulating life than to help it.