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Will we see human cloning within 50 years ?

By T.K. Randall
December 20, 2012 · Comment icon 33 comments

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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.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (33)




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Comment icon #24 Posted by GirlfromOz 12 years ago
Cloning a full human for the purpose of emotional replacement is a bad idea in my opinion. Mainly for the reason thongy laid out. However, cloning for the purpose of transplants, blood donations and the like, could be incredibly beneficial to mankind. The other dilemma would be that these humans would be produced to be,live,healthy living, replacements, involuntarily as a body parts donors. No human rights etc.No identity etc! There would be a mass rebellion from these new recruits when their awareness of their rights eventuates.Another example of a dream,not thought through by the scientific ... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by AquilaChrysaetos 12 years ago
The god's never saw this coming did they?...the day their pawns would become gods themselves. pff... Gods? Yeah right. We're not even close...
Comment icon #26 Posted by Sean93 12 years ago
pff... Gods? Yeah right. We're not even close... Yes! I knew that comment would get at least one of those replies!
Comment icon #27 Posted by C235 12 years ago
I need ten clones of myself please
Comment icon #28 Posted by Insaniac 12 years ago
I don't know why it astonishes me so much every time I see this level of evil, but it does... And then people claim God to be the unjust one for sending us to Hell... Yes, playing God never ends well. We should really as a species try our best to eliminate our egos and learn to be content with the time we have here with our loved ones. We invent things like cloning out of fear, not out of love. And anything built out of fear is not worth being built in the first place. Where on earth is the humility? It hurts me to say it, but there will never be peace aslong as there is profit. If Man doesn't... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by C235 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
We invent things like cloning out of fear, not out of love Eum....no. 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 ti... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by SmilinJack 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
Eum....no. 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. But thats no... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by Render 12 years ago
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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