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Outlaw Human Cloning Before Too Late


The head of a Chinese company that mass manufactures cloned animals claims that he could do it with humans. From the AFP story:

The Chinese scientist behind the world’s biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he told AFP, and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction…l”The technology is already there,” Xu said. “If this is allowed, I don’t think there are other companies better than Boyalife that make better technology.”

The firm does not currently engage in human cloning activities, Xu said, adding that it has to be “self-restrained” because of possible adverse reaction. But social values can change, he pointed out, citing changing views of homosexuality and suggesting that in time humans could have more choices about their own reproduction.

I sincerely doubt it. Human cloning has been done–but it remains very difficult to get the cloned embryos to the blastocyst stage when they could be implanted for gestation.

But research into human cloning techniques continues, with efficiency increasing. Over time, I have little doubt that the attempt will be made.

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