Now that a US biotech firm has claimed to have cloned human cells, the medical ethicists are beside themselves. As they should be.
This event has wide-ranging implications for the entire world. Especially humanity as we know it. Should we allow the cloning of humans? If not. How can we stop it? Is it any more or less frightening to clone a human being than a sheep or a plant? One might be just as dangerous as the other.
Imagine if we clone a sheep that develops a disease like nothing else we have ever encountered. Or a plant that kills all other plants of its species. Or becomes lethal to birds and insects.
Playing God is very scary stuff indeed. But; how can we possibly stop it? The answer is that we can not. We can only hope to control it. And pray that we don’t open a fissure into a biological abyss.
There is another argument as well. What if all these cloning experiments on human embryos create a cure for all that ails us?
Imagine a doctor, sometime in the future, like next year perhaps, who takes your personal bio sample, clones it into an embryo that is you, and then harvests the T Cells that will cure whatever ails you. Will you say no to this? Even after the embryo that is you is “flushed” after the work is done?
Frankly. I would love to see that kind of gene therapy happen sooner rather than later. As for the rest of cloning. It’s real scary stuff.