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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