Friday, January 18, 2008

First Human Clones Created in California

The Associated Press and NBC News reports that a group of scientists in a California lab have recently created embryonic clones of two men. The embryos were created in a lab using a donated human egg and DNA material from human skin cells. What’s the value of this new technology? According to the AP report,

“Scientists say stem cells from cloned embryos could provide a valuable tool for studying diseases, screening drugs and, perhaps someday, creating transplant material to treat conditions like diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.”

The ethical questions raised by this development are manifold. It is a staggering devaluing of human life. These human beings are being created with no biological fathers for the expressed purpose of mining them for spare parts. As one reader has commented, it’s hard to tell which is worse: cloning human beings in the first place or killing them after their creation.

This is chilling news indeed. More later.

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