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October 26, 2004


Jeff Donohue

Having sat through the horrors of that Michael Keaton movie, I, for one, wholeheartedly agree with a complete ban on human cloning.

Humor (or attempt at) aside, I have to say that I'm at a loss here. There is a repeated statement that the creation of human clones is a horror, but I have yet to hear a cogent explanation as to why. In vitro fertilization is not a horror. Neither are twins. What is the fundamental difference between cloning and in vitro fertilization (admittedly on a delayed basis) of your twin? The parade of horribles ("we'll make clones for the spare parts!") is defeated with the simple realization that a clone would be a person, and entitled to all the rights and protections of a person. With remarkably few exceptions, we don't make people for the spare parts, do we?

Could someone explain why cloning is so horrible?

-- These statements are my own and not those of my employer, a really nice biotech firm that has nothing to do with cloning. --

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