An Afraid New World

A New York Times headline today says;

SCIENTISTS USE MONKEY CLONES TO EXTRACT STEM CELLS

Not only is this the first time such cells have been produced in any animal other than a mouse, but the method, the researchers say, should also work in humans.

“We hope the technology will be useful for other labs that are working on human eggs and human cells,” the lead researcher of the group, Shoukhrat Mitalipov at Oregon Health and Science University in Beaverton, said in a telephone interview. “I am quite sure it will work in humans.”

Not everyone is happy about this development. Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, director of education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center said:

“I certainly think that this represents a new threshold in the entire discussion,” said the Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, director of education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center. “At this point, it becomes essential to ask a question as a society: Are there ever going to be circumstances where it is morally justifiable to clone human beings?”

What do you think?

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/15/science/15primate.html?ex=1352782800&en=64dd27c654844c3a&ei=5089&partner=rssyahoo&emc=rss

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  1. #1 by Christian on November 16, 2007 - 10:24 pm

    I think you are right. Is cloning a bad thing? No more so than nuclear fission is a bad thing. They both provide some obvious benefits to mankind. We know the potential evil that splitting the atom may result in.

    How can we say that any technology is bad in itself? What about guns? It’s so easy for so many people to look at guns and say that they are horrible things. But they are just things. It is the people who can be horrible.

    I hope your children will be able to ask “What was the big deal?” But that is not likely to happen unless we ask more important questions now.

  2. #2 by brightshinyobject on November 17, 2007 - 10:34 am

    “I think you are right. Is cloning a bad thing? No more so than nuclear fission is a bad thing’

    hahahah

    warm or REALLY warm

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