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Will we see human cloning within 50 years ?

Posted on Thursday, 20 December, 2012 | Comment icon 34 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A prominent scientist believes that human cloning will become commonplace within a few decades.

Nobel Prize winner Sir John Gurdon whose work on frog cloning lead to the later creation of Dolly the sheep has claimed that human cloning is inevitable. While there are significant technical and ethical hurdles to overcome before this can happen, Sir John believes that it will eventually be possible for families who have lost a child to have a clone of that child created for them. Such a possibility is however likely to bring up substantial moral questions.

"I take the view that anything you can do to relieve suffering or improve human health will usually be widely accepted by the public that is to say if cloning actually turned out to be solving some problems and was useful to people, I think it would be accepted," he said.

"Sir John Gurdon, whose work cloning frogs in the 1950s and 60s led to the later creation of Dolly the sheep by Edinburgh scientists in 1996, said that progression to human cloning could happen within half a century."

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Comment icon #25 Posted by AquilaChrysaetos on 24 December, 2012, 4:55
pff... Gods? Yeah right. We're not even close...
Comment icon #26 Posted by Sean93 on 24 December, 2012, 18:46
Yes! I knew that comment would get at least one of those replies!
Comment icon #27 Posted by C235 on 25 December, 2012, 17:00
I need ten clones of myself please
Comment icon #28 Posted by Insaniac on 25 December, 2012, 17:05
It hurts me to say it, but there will never be peace aslong as there is profit. If Man doesn't stop violating mother nature's own laws, it's a safe guarantee he's going to suffer the consequences. I share your sentiments on 'Cloning.' It'll cause nothing but profit and pain at our expense. People must stop violating the laws of nature, and stop worshipping the cursed dollar/pound/yen/whatever. Greed has destroyed the majority of the Earth as it is.
Comment icon #29 Posted by C235 on 25 December, 2012, 17:05
But we are meant to be Gods. That was the idea, though it seems like we are not so good at it.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Render on 26 December, 2012, 9:27 These things are conceived of out of curiosity and the will to become better and evolve. Because their are ppl out there that can actually envision a better and greater world to live in. As I've said in this thread before, cloning in this day and age is mainly being used in the spirit of fertility and organ failure. It's to take away levels of discomfort and possible suffering. Not in the scientists that create this, but the possible patients. Of course every scientist working on it can be relieved if it works, for if the time comes they could maybe need the technology. Bu... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by SmilinJack on 27 December, 2012, 0:09
What disgusts me is the word replace. I don't care how far cloning technology has come, you can't "replace" a human being. Humanity trying to step over another line it never should, simple as that.
Comment icon #32 Posted by AquilaChrysaetos on 27 December, 2012, 0:26
We as human beings have built amazing infastructures, buildings, and cities. We have discovered ways to create mobile machines, some that can bring us to the moon and beyond. We've discovered many ways to use science to cure many if not all diseases, and can learn how to preserve our race and propel them forward into even more powerful beings, all because of our much more intellectual brain... But does this suddenly mean we have a better or greater world? Does this suddenly mean we are a good race of people? We have built a lot of great things, but the cost is the destruction of even mor... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by Render on 28 December, 2012, 9:56
You're rambling, Aquila. Of course it's never enough, otherwise we would just stop evolving. A standstill is not an option. NIetzsche got it right with his quest for the Übermensch. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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