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Frankenstein and Human Cloning: The secret nightmare of a genetician's soul.
The ethics of human cloning has become one of today's much-discussed critical issues for both scientists and laymen. But what exactly is cloning? What are the arguments for and against it? Why has it become so critical?
The American Medical Association (AMA) defined cloning as "the production of genetically identical organisms via somatic cell nuclear transfer", in other words, cloning is the method of producing an exact genetic replica of a living being with no need of a mother and a father.
The whole problem about the ethics of creating living beings (and ultimately human beings) via technologically-driven genetic manipulation started with a cloned lamb named Dolly. This much publicized clone has opened a new window in everyone's mind: where is eugenetics going? Would it be possible to create exact replicas of every human being? Will genetic manipulation make it possible to stretch human life-span beyond the limits imposed by nature? Would anyone actually try? Would private genetic research companies sniff the big business and offer "custom-tailored" embryos or cloning opportunities to anyone willing to pay billions for a narcissistic drive to self-replication? What kind of humans would "clones" be? Should human clones start to be produced, to what extent would it be ethical to use them as sources of organs for transplant? Newspaper readers and media watchers started to ask questions like these.
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