Monday, June 05, 2006

Nutty Professor

Dr. Ian Wilmut, the face behind the cloned sheep Dolly, has now come out in favor of the reproductive cloning of human beings when cloning is shown to be safe. The goal would be to prevent the birth of children with serious diseases.

The children would be cloned from the purified cells of an embryo created via IVF. Wilmut says,
"I am extremely concerned about the effects on a child of being a clone of another person and I oppose it. However, an early embryo is not a person and I see the use of nuclear transfer to prevent a child's having a dreadful disease as far less controversial."

HT: Wesley Smith

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