CNN reports that at a contentious meeting at the National Academy of
Sciences Tuesday, many scienticians lambasted the Kentucky doctors, (Panos
Zavos, a Kentucky-based infertility expert, and Italian researcher Severino
Antinori, who helped a 62-year-old woman become pregnant in 1994,) saying
that beyond the technical limitations of human cloning were the ethical. The
plan they outlined is to impregnate up to 200 women from infertile couples
with cloned embryos in hopes that at least a few of the women will carry a
child to term. The child would be the exact copy of the DNA donor.
The good doctor said, "You know, there's nothing out there that's 100 percent, ladies and gentlemen. And, you know, this world is loaded with imperfections." Is this an accurate excuse?
The scientific and ethical worlds are, of course, colliding on this issue. Doctors Zavos and Antinori assess that human cloning is necessary for human life to go on. Enough organs for every transplant, for example. But can science actually help us build spare parts?
Scienticians are wary of the technical ramifications of cloning a human, a process still imperfect in the animal world. However, doctors this week announced that they may have the key to why the process sometimes fails. The paper suggests that "DNA imprinting" goes haywire in cloned animals. DNA imprinting is a process that happens when an embryo is developing.
The Kentucky doctor's proposal had also sparked criticism from politicians who warn about the ethical implications of scientists creating human life in a laboratory, including stem cell research in some cases. The Bush administration is expected to hand down a judgment on stem cell research sometime this week, as well.
The House of Representatives rejected a plan to allow the procedure for research only, as well as an approving an over all ban on human cloning. The bill now goes to the Senate, where Majority Leader Tom Daschle indicated Tuesday that he would support it.
But Zavos discounted the law, and his critis. "We do intend to do this, and we do intend to do it right." Although critics have warned that attempts to clone animals have resulted in a high rate of ill or deformed clones, he said, "We intend to do it right or not do it at all."
All this came on the same day that Lucasfilm confirmed the title for Star Wars: Episode II as "Attack of the Clones." Of course, the title of the movie is a coincidense, but it's stirring up controversy of it's own.
What do you think? Human cloning and the Star Wars title. Talkback below, please.
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