Cloning humans - for and against

There are strong emotional reactions to cloning human beings, however there are also good arguments to be made both for and against cloning. These should be used to inform our thinking and moderate our emotional reaction.

For:

Against:

Notes:

  1. Robertson J. A. & Annas G. J., Human Cloning, New England Journal of Medicine 339, 1998, pp119-22
  2. Robert Wachbroit: Genetic Encores: The Ethics of Human Cloning, Maryland School of Public Affairs, 1997.
  3. Reported in New Scientist; David Beebe & Matthew Wheeler, embryologists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have produced a new IVF egg maturing device.
  4. P. Moore, Babel's Shadow, pg 119, (quoting Teruhiko Wakayama and Ryuzo Yanagimachi published in Nature Genetics 22 1999 pp 127-28)
  5. This article from the BBC on the death of Dolly (14/2/2003) indicates that at half a sheep's normal life expectancy she was suffering from age related illnesses. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2764039.stm

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