Skip to comments.The Ethical Dilemma of Human Reproductive Cloning
Posted on 05/12/2009 10:42:19 PM PDT by jxb7076
James Dewey Watson is an American molecular biologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. In a 1971 article to the medical established, recently re-published he wrote that the embryological development of man does not occur free in the placid environment of a freshwater pond. Instead, the crucial steps in human embryology always occur in the highly inaccessible womb of a human female. This profound statement has been turned upside down with new reproductive technologies - technologies which has created unforeseen possibilities of experimental manipulation of the human reproduction process. Watsons comment was based in part, on the technology of in vitro fertilization and did not include the newly discovered breakthrough in biotechnology allowing the creation of a human by cloning. With this discovery he warned that human cloning was a matter far too important to be left solely in the hands of the scientific and medical communities. He continues with the following statement It appears to me most desirable that as many people as possible be informed about the new ways of human reproduction and their potential consequences, both good and bad
The first so-called DNA cloning was performed in 1972
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Hey, I’m all for education on the subject. Unfortunately, the attention span of the average American (and sub-average congressman) will be measured in nanoseconds.
Now if we could get Miss California, or Donald Trump, to explain it, then we might have a chance of some of it sinking in. Otherwise, I’m not terribly encouraged.
Having said that, I’ve a niece and nephew that are not genetically related to either of their parents (both little Cuckoo Birds that borrowed a womb to get here). Do they have a soul? Can’t tell ya’ yet, but at the age of two, it’s a little difficult to tell. They are showing promise though.
Be nice to them as they will be the ones who find a cure for cancer!
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