I see the rush for human cloning.

2560 (Human Cloning), Letter to House of Representatives, Cardinal Justin Rigali, June 6, 2007
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The second method of cloning a human involves taking cells from an already existing human being and cloning them, in turn creating other individuals that are identical to that particular person....

2560 (Human Cloning), Letter to the House of Representatives, Cardinal Justin Rigali, June 6, 2007
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In my opinion it would be too dangerous to legalise human cloning.

Michael Soules, a professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Washington, concurs with the idea that reproductive human cloning is unethical....

No one is talking about cloning a fully grown human, or even a baby for that matter.
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It may reduce the overall value of human life. With cloning, there is a real possibility that humans would become more of a commodity than an individual. If you don’t like the child you’ve got, then just go clone another one and get it perfect the next time around. It could also create new societal divisions, where perfected clones may be treated differently than naturally made humans.

Human cloning will be used to clone cells that will help cure diseases and to repair damaged parts.
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There are many incorrect ideas of what human cloning is.

Although his team of researchers had qualified to the public that it is unethical to clone humans1, the very prospect of being able to replicate creatures of our own kind is nevertheless enticing.

Reproductive cloning is the cloning of a human being.

Attempting the cloning of a human at this stage of our knowledge is reckless and irresponsible, in the same way as introducing any new medical procedure without adequate testing.

However to clone a whole human is wrong and indeed "playing God".

This is not about creating cloned human beings, this is about creating cloned embryos which are allowed to grow to the point where they can provide useful cells, not to the point where they become sentient beings.

The question he poses is, are clones human or not?


I think the cloning of humans should be allowed just because it is totally immoral to allow the cloning of sheep, cats, monkeys, etc but not humans.

To outlaw human cloning is, in my opinion outrageous.

Bush's statement is ridiculous not for any ethical reason, but because neither he nor anybody else has any idea what "cloning a human" actually means: it's not even close to being a reality yet.

It's a shame that they can't clone humans yet.

According to the author Alice Park in the article “Scientists Report First Success in Cloning Human Stem Cells,” scientists are successful in making embryonic stem cell lines from human skin cells.